Definitions for press-gang

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

press′-gang`(n.)

  1. a body of persons under the command of an officer, formerly employed to impress others for service, esp. in the military.

Origin of press-gang:

1685–95

press′-gang`(v.t.)

Wiktionary

  1. press-gang(Noun)

    A body of men employed to force others into military or naval service.

  2. press-gang(Verb)

    To force men into military or naval service.

  3. press-gang(Verb)

    To coerce somebody into doing something that they are reluctant to do.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Press-Gang

    a party armed with powers to impress men into the naval service in times of emergency, a practice which often gave rise to serious disturbances, and is not in any circumstances likely to be had recourse to again. See Impressment.

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