- 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
Examples from the Web for shanghaiing
Historical Examples of shanghaiing
The cheerful industry of shanghaiing was reduced to a science.Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror
In “Shanghaiing” a sober man, resort is had to false promises.
It seems a fellow who was in prison down at Logan with Gates and Hegan helped them engineer my shanghaiing.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories
Albert Payson Terhune
I suppose youve done a bit of shanghaiing in your day, eh, Hennessy?Baseball Joe in the World Series
Usually, however, “Shanghaiing” is practised upon drunken sailors only.
- 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.