shanghai

[shang-hahy, shang-hahy]
verb (used with object), shanghaied, shanghaiing. Nautical.
to enroll or obtain (a sailor) for the crew of a ship by unscrupulous means, as by force or the use of liquor or drugs.

Origin:
1855–60; after Shanghai

hijack, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack.
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shanghai (ˈʃæŋhaɪ, ʃæŋˈhaɪ)
 
vb , -hais, -haiing, -haied
1.  to kidnap (a man or seaman) for enforced service at sea, esp on a merchant ship
2.  to force or trick (someone) into doing something, going somewhere, etc
3.  (Austral), (NZ) to shoot with a catapult
 
n
4.  (Austral), (NZ) a catapult
 
[C19: from the city of Shanghai; from the forceful methods formerly used to collect crews for voyages to the Orient]

Shanghai (ˈʃæŋˈhaɪ)
 
n
a port in E China, capital of Shanghai municipality (traditionally in SE Jiangsu) near the estuary of the Yangtze: the largest city in China and one of the largest ports in the world; a major cultural and industrial centre, with many universities. Pop: 12 665 000 (2005 est)

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shanghai
1854, Amer.Eng., "to drug a man unconscious and ship him as a sailor," from the practice of kidnapping to fill the crews of ships making extended voyages, such as to the Chinese seaport of Shanghai; lit. "by the sea," from Shang "on, above" + hai "sea."
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Shanghai definition


Largest city in China, located in the eastern part of the country on the Pacific Ocean.

Note: Shanghai is the most populous city in Asia.
Note: It is one of the world's great seaports.
Note: Opened to foreign trade by the Treaty of Nanking in 1842, Shanghai became a treaty port administered by Britain, the United States, and France until World War II.
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These three guys were essentially shanghaied and made to do this job, whether they want to or not.
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