hijacker

[hahy-jak-er]
noun
a person who hijacks.
Also, highjacker.


Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; high(wayman) + jacker, apparently jack1 to hunt by night with aid of a jack light + -er1

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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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Example sentences
Such a hijacker virus uses cellular machinery to control the process of
  building proteins and thereby replicates itself.
The link in the above post takes you to a hijacker website.
Archie reasoned that no hijacker would try something if they knew everyone on
  the plane was packing heat.
We also would have discovered another hijacker who used the same frequent-flyer
  number.
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