skyjack

skyjack

[skahy-jak]
verb (used with object)
to hijack (an airliner), especially in order to hold the passengers and plane for ransom or for political reasons.

Origin:
1965–70; sky + (hi)jack

skyjacker, noun

hijack, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack.
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skyjack (ˈskaɪˌdʒæk)
 
vb
(tr) to commandeer (an aircraft), usually at gunpoint during flight, forcing the pilot to fly somewhere other than to the scheduled destination
 
[C20: from sky + hijack]
 
'skyjacker
 
n

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skyjack
"to hijack an airplane," 1961, apparently coined in N.Y. Mirror headlines, from sky + second element of hijack (q.v.).
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