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noun
a body of persons under the command of an officer, formerly employed to impress others for service, especially in the navy or army.
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Origin of press gang

First recorded in 1685–95

Other definitions for press gang (2 of 2)

press-gang
[ pres-gang ]
/ ˈprɛsˌgæŋ /

verb (used with object)
to force (a person) into military or naval service.
to coerce (a person) into taking a certain action, political stand, etc.: to be press-ganged into endorsing a candidate.
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British Dictionary definitions for press gang

press gang

noun
(formerly) a detachment of men used to press civilians for service in the navy or army
verb press-gang (tr)
to force (a person) to join the navy or army by a press gang
to induce (a person) to perform a duty by forceful persuasionhis friends press-ganged him into joining the committee
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