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black gang

noun
1.
the crew working in a stokehold of a ship.
Origin of black gang
1915-1920
1915-20
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  • As Scott and Elderburg passed a group of the black gang, mutely dangling wrenches, there was a sudden stir.

    Feline Red Robert Sampson
  • Above these hung the terrific cliff of the black gang Chyne, which, to all appearance, was inaccessible.

    Snarleyyow Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Above these hung the terrific cliff of the black gang Chyne which, to all appearance, was inaccessible.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • Just now there's one thing on my mind—just one—to get back somehow in the black gang.

  • There is a black gang in it, and that Walker is one of them.

Slang definitions & phrases for black gang

black gang

noun phrase

The fireroom and boiler-room crew of a ship (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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