[ gang-uhp ]

  1. an act of ganging up or uniting in opposition to someone or something.

Origin of gang-up

1935–40; noun use of verb phrase gang up (on)

Words Nearby gang-up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gang-up in a sentence

  • Forbye, I would rather walk ae mile on the hill wi ye than twae, for ye gang up a brae-face like a mawkin!

    The Half-Hearted | John Buchan
  • I hired another hand to-day who'll be a distinct addition to our gang up-river.

  • Jist ye gang up, Mr. Cameron, and Peggy 'll see to yer feet.

    Robert Falconer | George MacDonald
  • Mr. Beasley, do you remember last fall when you met Snake Anson with his gang up in the woods—and hired him to make off with me?

British Dictionary definitions for gang up

gang up

  1. (often foll by on or against) informal to combine in a group (against)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with gang-up


Also, gang up with. Act together as a group. For example, The residents ganged up to make the neighborhood safer. [Colloquial; c. 1920]

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