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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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Written by award winning children's author Donna McDine, "Powder Monkey" is a thumbnail sketch of the impressment experience of 12-year-old Tommy Kitt who was taken by force with his older brother from his parents' farm by a Royal Navy press gang to serve as a powder monkey and ship boy in a battleship at sea.
JAMIE AND JIMMY'S FRIDAY NIGHT FEAST Channel 4, 8pm To those of us who grew up in the 1980s, Dexter Fletcher will always be rebellious teenager Spike Thomson in Press Gang - and we would never, ever have imagined that 20-odd years later, we'd be watching him rustle up Mexican tortillas with salsa on national TV.
Don't senior citizens and others deserve the care of trained, motivated staff - instead of a cheap press gang of the coerced unemployed?
Popular shows of yesteryear such as Count Duckula, Press Gang, Art Attack and The Tomorrow People are to be brought back to celebrate the 30th anniversary of CITV.
fo foT he an Ga we The Little Voice actress, her co-star Jason Flemyng and director, former Press Gang actor Dexter Fletcher, were among those who had to get out briefly when a fire alarm went off.
2&5 FEATURES Dexter Fletcher opens up about struggling with childhood success after his Press Gang days and how he went off the rails a bit.
However, when Press Gang ended he struggled to cope after being cosseted and having all his financial interests taken care of by his mother.
The star of Press Gang, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Hotel Babylon has decided to shake things up, however, by stepping behind the lens for his directorial debut, Wild Bill.
Julia landed her first break when she starred in the children's TV series Press Gang.
Moffat, who launched his career in the 1980s writing children's series Press Gang, confirmed that current Doctor David Tennant would quit the series but refused to give details about his exit.
The world has become more civilised since, but I'd be glad to see a modern day Press Gang raiding the street and pubs to carry off to Iraq and Afghanistan those young layabouts who do no work, live on benefits, soil their neighbourhoods and act as if the world owes them a living.