- to enroll or obtain (a sailor) for the crew of a ship by unscrupulous means, as by force or the use of liquor or drugs.
Origin of shanghai
- Pinyin, Wade-Giles. a seaport and municipality in E China, near the mouth of the Chang Jiang.
- a type of long-legged chicken believed to be of Asian origin.
Examples from the Web for shanghai
Contemporary Examples of shanghai
In July, Nike announced it was naming one of its new buildings after her in Shanghai.Tennis Star Li Na Says Goodbye to the Court…and Puts the Sport’s Rise in Asia in Question
September 19, 2014
Or the flier who jumped from the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai and slammed into an air conditioning unit on a roof.The High-Flying Secrets of BASE Jumpers
August 4, 2014
It is lo-fi and imperfect, but cheap and “significantly better than nothing,” as one adopter in Shanghai said.The Chinese Can’t Catch Their Breath
May 5, 2014
The filmmakers travel to Shanghai, where locals are left confused by pictures of the dish.‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken
April 19, 2014
Wenzhou, a wealthy coastal city around 230 miles south of Shanghai in Zhejiang province, has around seven million residents.Christians Form Human Shield Around Church in China's 'Jerusalem'
April 6, 2014
Historical Examples of shanghai
"I ain't heard the boss say he'd scratch him," said Shanghai.
Mose slipped from the saddle and tossed the bridle to Shanghai.
Shanghai, as I write this, is just recovering from a bubonic plague scare.Where Half The World Is Waking Up
They are brought from Shanghai, and, as a rule, they languish and die in a few months.The Philippine Islands
If one could be delightful in Shanghai one must be delightful at home too.
- to kidnap (a man or seaman) for enforced service at sea, esp on a merchant ship
- to force or trick (someone) into doing something, going somewhere, etc
- Australian and NZ to shoot with a catapult
- Australian and NZ a catapult
Word Origin for shanghai
- a port in E China, capital of Shanghai municipality (traditionally in SE Jiangsu) near the estuary of the Yangtze: the largest city in China and one of the largest ports in the world; a major cultural and industrial centre, with many universities. Pop: 12 665 000 (2005 est)
"to drug a man unconscious and ship him as a sailor," 1854, American English, from the practice of kidnapping to fill the crews of ships making extended voyages, such as to the Chinese seaport of Shanghai.
Chinese seaport, literally "by the sea," from Shang "on, above" + hai "sea." In 19c., a long-legged breed of hens, supposed to have come from there; hence U.S. slang senses relating to long, tall persons or things.