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press gang

also press·gang (prĕs′găng′)
n.
A company of men under an officer detailed to force men into military or naval service.

press gang

n
(Historical Terms) (formerly) a detachment of men used to press civilians for service in the navy or army
vb (tr)
1. (Historical Terms) to force (a person) to join the navy or army by a press gang
2. to induce (a person) to perform a duty by forceful persuasion: his friends press-ganged him into joining the committee.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.press gang - a detachment empowered to force civilians to serve in the army or navy
detachment - a small unit of troops of special composition
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So it was with the 18th Century Newcastle-based press gangs captain.
A THE shilling, or king's shilling, dates back to the 11th century and was paid by press gangs as a bounty to enlist.
The range of topics is considerable: the training of sailors, the nature and work of the press gangs, food, coping with the weather when at sea, the men's sexual lives, the daily life aboard ship, the work of convoys, the nature of battle, medical treatment, and leisure pastimes.
The fun stunt will follow the model of 18th Century press gangs which recruited men to serve in the Navy when volunteers were in short supply.
TARS covers familiar ground to fans of CS Forester and Patrick O'Brien - the press gangs, the broadsides, the derring-do - but it has the added advantage of being a true story.
In the early 1800s, press gangs wandered the streets of British ports forcibly recruiting seamen for the Royal Navy.