a group or band: A gang of boys gathered around the winning pitcher.
a group of youngsters or adolescents who associate closely, often exclusively, for social reasons, especially such a group engaging in delinquent behavior.
a group of people with compatible tastes or mutual interests who gather together for social reasons: I'm throwing a party for the gang I bowl with.
a group of persons associated for some criminal or other antisocial purpose: a gang of thieves.
a set of tools, electronic components or circuits, oars, etc., arranged to work together or simultaneously.
a group of identical or related items.
to arrange in groups or sets; form into a gang: to gang illustrations for more economical printing on one sheet.
to attack in a gang.
to form or act as a gang: Cutthroats who gang together hang together.
gang up on, Informal. (of a number of persons) to unite in opposition to (a person); combine against: The bigger boys ganged up on the smaller ones in the schoolyard.
Other definitions for gang (2 of 2)
to walk or go.
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How to use gang in a sentence
They are, to say the least, preparing for civil war (the polling stations are stormed by armed gangs).Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President | Pierre Assouline | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The End of Gangs By Sam Quinones, Pacific-Standard Los Angeles gave America the modern street gang.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 29-Jan 4, 2014 | William Boot | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
That goodness steered him clear of the Sex Boys, the Crazy Homicides, the Sons of Nuns, and the other gangs of East New York.
Virtually all the southwestern gangs of Mexican heritage (Surenos or Southsiders) are under their control.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs | Seth Ferranti | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That is where the subordinate gangs like Big Hazard come in.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs | Seth Ferranti | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fresh gangs manned the sweeps and the riders on the eastern bank eased their pace to a walk.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Now and then I passed gangs of workmen making ditches and trenches, repairing railroad tracks and laying new ones.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
With the coming of the clearing gangs, Will joined his two brothers at the work, leaving only fourteen-year-old Babe at school.Mountain | Clement Wood
The spoke is made in two pieces, at two different forges, and by two distinct gangs of men.The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
It was a hanging matter; but here at Bubastis their dams and banks were raised by working gangs of such criminals.Sarchedon | G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
British Dictionary definitions for gang (1 of 3)
a group of people who associate together or act as an organized body, esp for criminal or illegal purposes
an organized group of workmen
a herd of buffaloes or elks or a pack of wild dogs
NZ a group of shearers who travel to different shearing sheds, shearing, classing, and baling wool
a series of similar tools arranged to work simultaneously in parallel
(as modifier): a gang saw
to form into, become part of, or act as a gang
(tr) electronics to mount (two or more components, such as variable capacitors) on the same shaft, permitting adjustment by a single control
- See also gang up
- ganged, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for gang (2 of 3)
Scot to go
British Dictionary definitions for gang (3 of 3)
a variant spelling of gangue
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Other Idioms and Phrases with gang
In addition to the idiom beginning with gang
- gang up
- like gangbusters
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