press gang

Also, pressgang.


Origin:
1685–95

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press-gang

[pres-gang]
verb (used with object)
1.
to force (a person) into military or naval service.
2.
to coerce (a person) into taking a certain action, political stand, etc.: to be press-ganged into endorsing a candidate.
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press gang
 
n
1.  (formerly) a detachment of men used to press civilians for service in the navy or army
 
vb
2.  to force (a person) to join the navy or army by a press gang
3.  to induce (a person) to perform a duty by forceful persuasion: his friends press-ganged him into joining the committee

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Hunger compelled him to enter a grocery, the head quarters of a press-gang.
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