hijack

[hahy-jak]
verb (used with object)
1.
to steal (cargo) from a truck or other vehicle after forcing it to stop: to hijack a load of whiskey.
2.
to rob (a vehicle) after forcing it to stop: They hijacked the truck before it entered the city.
3.
to seize (a vehicle) by force or threat of force.
4.
to skyjack.
verb (used without object)
5.
to engage in such stealing or seizing.
noun
6.
an act or instance or hijacking.
Also, highjack.


Origin:
1920–25, Americanism; back formation from hijacker

antihijack, adjective

hijack, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack.
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hijack or highjack (ˈhaɪˌdʒæk)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to seize, divert, or appropriate (a vehicle or the goods it carries) while in transit: to hijack an aircraft
2.  to rob (a person or vehicle) by force: to hijack a traveller
3.  (esp in the US during Prohibition) to rob (a bootlegger or smuggler) of his illicit goods or to steal (illicit goods) in transit
 
n
4.  the act or an instance of hijacking
 
[C20: of unknown origin]
 
highjack or highjack
 
vb
 
n
 
[C20: of unknown origin]
 
'hijacker or highjack
 
n
 
'highjacker or highjack
 
n

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Word Origin & History

hijack
1923, Amer.Eng., from high(way) + jacker "one who holds up." Originally "to rob (a bootlegger, smuggler, etc.) in transit;" sense of "seizing an aircraft in flight" is 1968 (also in 1961 variant skyjack), extended 1970s to any form of public transportation.
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Example sentences
It is sad that many among us have had their brains hijacked by hucksters.
Most recently this conspiracy theory hijacked health-care reform.
The conversation has been hijacked by power players and money makers.
Local politician may help, but be careful not to be a political football and
  get hijacked by right wingers.
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