GANG UP

gang-up

[gang-uhp]
noun
an act of ganging up or uniting in opposition to someone or something.

Origin:
1935–40; noun use of verb phrase gang up (on)

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gang up
 
vb (often foll by on or against)
informal to combine in a group (against)

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Idioms & Phrases

gang up

  1. Also, gang up with. Act together as a group. For example, The residents ganged up to make the neighborhood safer. [Colloquial; c. 1920]

  2. gang up on or against. Join in opposition or attack against, as in The big kids were always ganging up on the little ones, or They all ganged up against the substitute teacher. [1920s]

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