verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of gang1
Synonyms for gang
verb (used without object) Chiefly Scot. and North England.
Origin of gang2
Related Words for gangclan, tribe, company, clique, crew, band, squad, troop, party, syndicate, organization, ring, team, bunch, horde, coterie, crowd, club, shift, posse
Examples from the Web for gang
Contemporary Examples of gang
How do you feel about Archer and the gang abandoning the cartel and returning to the office?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
Gang tattoos are still inked onto his face, like scarlet letters.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Brooklyn musician Bobby Shmurda, whose ‘Shmoney Dance’ went viral, was arrested today on ‘gang conspiracy’ charges, police said.Rapper Bobby Shmurda Arrested at New York’s Notorious Quad Studios
December 17, 2014
Gang warlords, locked down in Super Maxes like Pelican Bay pass on instructions to thousands of followers.
The whole purpose of the gang is to generate money for its incarcerated leaders.
Historical Examples of gang
But no doubt the gang had thought caution to be the better part of hate.Way of the Lawless
"And that's why she's here now with a gang of crooks," he retorted.
Then, when you get in with the right people, you will open the front door some night and let in the gang.
I want to be sure to give the Turner woman time to get here while that gang is at work.
If you're caught here to-night, where would you get off—caught here with a gang of burglars?
- a series of similar tools arranged to work simultaneously in parallel
- (as modifier)a gang saw
Word Origin for gang
Word Origin for gang
from Old English gang "a going, journey, way, passage," and Old Norse gangr "a group of men, a set," both from Proto-Germanic *gangaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Danish, Dutch, Old High German, German gang, Old Norse gangr, Gothic gagg "act of going"), from PIE root *ghengh- "to step" (cf. Sanskrit jangha "shank," Avestan zanga- "ankle," Lithuanian zengiu "I stride"). Thus not considered to be related to go.
The sense evolution is probably via meaning "a set of articles that usually are taken together in going" (mid-14c.), especially a set of tools used on the same job. By 1620s this had been extended in nautical speech to mean "a company of workmen," and by 1630s the word was being used, with disapproving overtones, for "any band of persons traveling together." Gangway preserves the original sense of the word, as does gangplank.
1856, from gang (n.). Related: Ganged; ganging. To gang up (on) is first attested 1919.
In addition to the idiom beginning with gang
- gang up
- like gangbusters