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hi·jack also high·jack  (hī′jăk′) Informal
tr.v. hi·jacked also high·jacked, hi·jack·ing also high·jack·ing, hi·jacks also high·jacks
a. To stop and rob (a vehicle in transit).
b. To steal (goods) from a vehicle in transit.
c. To seize control of (a moving vehicle) by use of force, especially in order to reach an alternate destination.
a. To steal from as if by hijacking.
b. To swindle or subject to extortion.
The act or an instance of hijacking.

[Probably back-formation from highjacker, perhaps from jacker, holdup man, from jack, to jacklight.]

hi′jack′er n.

hijack (ˈhaɪˌdʒæk) or highjack
1. (tr) to seize, divert, or appropriate (a vehicle or the goods it carries) while in transit: to hijack an aircraft.
2. to rob (a person or vehicle) by force: to hijack a traveller.
3. (esp in the US during Prohibition) to rob (a bootlegger or smuggler) of his illicit goods or to steal (illicit goods) in transit
4. the act or an instance of hijacking
[C20: of unknown origin]
ˈhiˌjacker ˈhighˌjacker n
hi•jack (ˈhaɪˌdʒæk)
1. to seize (an airplane or other vehicle) by threat or by force, esp. for ransom or political objectives.
2. to steal (cargo) from a truck or other vehicle after forcing it to stop: to hijack a load of whiskey.
3. to rob (a vehicle) after forcing it to stop: They hijacked the truck outside the city.
4. an act or instance of hijacking.
[1920–25, Amer.; of uncertain orig.]
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.hijack - seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destinationhijack - seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination
carjacking - the violent theft of an occupied car
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
Verb1.hijack - take arbitrarily or by force; "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami"
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
seize - take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
skyjack - subject an aircraft to air piracy; "the plane was skyjacked to Uzbekistan"
carjack - take someone's car from him by force, usually with the intention of stealing it; "My car was carjacked last night!"
2.hijack - seize control of; "they hijacked the judicial process"
take over, usurp, arrogate, seize, assume - seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"

verb seize, take over, commandeer, expropriate, skyjack Two men tried to hijack a plane on a flight from Riga to Murmansk.
hijack [ˈhaɪdʒæk]
A. VTsecuestrar (fig) → apropiarse de
B. Nsecuestro m (fig) → apropiación f

hijack [ˈhaɪdʒæk]
[+ plane, flight] → détourner; [+ train] → attaquer
(fig) [+ event] → détourner; [+ idea] → détourner, s'approprier
The far right is trying to hijack the green and anti-globalisation agenda → L'extrême droite tente de s'approprier l'ordre du jour du mouvement antimondialisation., L'extrême droite tente de détourner l'ordre du jour du mouvement antimondialisation.
n [plane] → détournement m; [train] → attaque f
car hijack → vol m de voiture avec violence

vt aircraft etcentführen; (fig)für sich beanspruchen
n (of aircraft etc)Entführung f

hijack [ˈhaɪˌdʒæk]
1. vt (aircraft) → dirottare; (lorry, car) → impadronirsi di
2. ndirottamento

hijack (ˈhaidʒӕk) verb
1. to take control of (an aeroplane) while it is moving and force the pilot to fly to a particular place.
2. to stop and rob (a vehicle). Thieves hijacked a lorry carrying $20,000 worth of whisky.
3. to steal (something) from a vehicle. Thieves hijacked $20,000 worth of whisky from a lorry.
the act of hijacking.
ˈhijacker noun

hijack يَخْتَطِفُ unést kapre entführen κάνω πειρατία σε μέσο μεταφοράς secuestrar kaapata détourner oteti dirottare ハイジャックする 공중 납치하다 kapen kapre porwać sequestrar , sequestrar em trânsito угонять kapa จี้เครื่องบิน gasp etmek cướp máy bay 绑架

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