press-gang

[ pres-gang ]
/ ˈprɛsˌgæŋ /
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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.

Definition for press-gang (2 of 2)

press gang

or press·gang


noun

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

Origin of press gang

First recorded in 1685–95
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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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Word Origin and History for press-gang

press-gang


n.

1690s, from press (v.2) + gang (n.).

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