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hijack

or high·jack

[ hahy-jak ]
/ ˈhaɪˌdʒæk /
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verb (used with object)
to steal (cargo) from a truck or other vehicle after forcing it to stop: to hijack a load of whiskey.
to rob (a vehicle) after forcing it to stop: They hijacked the truck before it entered the city.
to seize (a vehicle) by force or threat of force.
to skyjack.
verb (used without object)
to engage in such stealing or seizing.
noun
an act or instance or hijacking.
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Origin of hijack

1920–25, Americanism; back formation from hijacker

OTHER WORDS FROM hijack

an·ti·hi·jack, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hijack

hijack , kidnap, shanghai, skyjack

Words nearby hijack

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How to use hijack in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hijack

hijack

highjack

/ (ˈhaɪˌdʒæk) /

verb
(tr) to seize, divert, or appropriate (a vehicle or the goods it carries) while in transitto hijack an aircraft
to rob (a person or vehicle) by forceto hijack a traveller
(esp in the US during Prohibition) to rob (a bootlegger or smuggler) of his illicit goods or to steal (illicit goods) in transit
noun
the act or an instance of hijacking

Derived forms of hijack

hijacker or highjacker, noun

Word Origin for hijack

C20: of unknown origin
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