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[gang-uhp] /ˈgæŋˌʌp/
an act of ganging up or uniting in opposition to someone or something.
Origin of gang-up
1935-40; noun use of verb phrase gang up (on) Unabridged
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  • Yes,” said Aleck, coolly; “now I know that what people say about you and your gang up at Eilygugg is quite true.

    The Lost Middy George Manville Fenn
  • She'll keep her ain side o' the house, and gang up and down yours.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Wà kay dalag-an, Imagine if three people were to gang up on you at once.

  • It wasn't fair for the law to gang up with the crooks against me.

    The Big Fix George Oliver Smith
  • If you can show that gang up, Kent, nothing in this State will be too good for you.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • He knows we've got evidence to tie his gang up with the killin' of Ford.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • "They need a man or two over there to clean that gang up," he said.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for gang up

gang up

(informal) often foll by on or against. to combine in a group (against)
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Idioms and Phrases with gang up

gang up

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