This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word press-gang
A body of men employed to force others into military or naval service.
To force men into military or naval service.
To coerce somebody into doing something that they are reluctant to do.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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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