skyjacking

[ skahy-jak-ing ]
/ ˈskaɪˌdʒæk ɪŋ /

noun

an act or instance of hijacking an aircraft.

Origin of skyjacking

First recorded in 1965–70; skyjack + -ing1

Related forms

an·ti·sky·jack·ing, adjective

Definition for skyjacking (2 of 2)

skyjack

[ skahy-jak ]
/ ˈskaɪˌdʒæk /

verb (used with object)

to hijack (an airliner), especially in order to hold the passengers and plane for ransom or for political reasons.

Origin of skyjack

First recorded in 1965–70; sky + (hi)jack

Related forms

sky·jack·er, noun

Can be confused

hijack kidnap shanghai skyjack
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British Dictionary definitions for skyjacking

skyjack

/ (ˈskaɪˌdʒæk) /

verb

(tr) to commandeer (an aircraft), usually at gunpoint during flight, forcing the pilot to fly somewhere other than to the scheduled destination

Derived Forms

skyjacker, noun

Word Origin for skyjack

C20: from sky + hijack
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