press-gang


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press-gang

(prĕs′găng′)
tr.v. press-ganged, press-gang·ing, press-gangs
1. To force into military or naval service.
2. To force or coerce: "press-ganging a consumer into buying something he doesn't want" (Feona McEwan).

press′-gang`


n.
a body of persons under the command of an officer, formerly employed to impress others for service, esp. in the military.
[1685–95]
press′-gang`, v.t.

press-gang


Past participle: press-ganged
Gerund: press-ganging

Imperative
press-gang
press-gang
Present
I press-gang
you press-gang
he/she/it press-gangs
we press-gang
you press-gang
they press-gang
Preterite
I press-ganged
you press-ganged
he/she/it press-ganged
we press-ganged
you press-ganged
they press-ganged
Present Continuous
I am press-ganging
you are press-ganging
he/she/it is press-ganging
we are press-ganging
you are press-ganging
they are press-ganging
Present Perfect
I have press-ganged
you have press-ganged
he/she/it has press-ganged
we have press-ganged
you have press-ganged
they have press-ganged
Past Continuous
I was press-ganging
you were press-ganging
he/she/it was press-ganging
we were press-ganging
you were press-ganging
they were press-ganging
Past Perfect
I had press-ganged
you had press-ganged
he/she/it had press-ganged
we had press-ganged
you had press-ganged
they had press-ganged
Future
I will press-gang
you will press-gang
he/she/it will press-gang
we will press-gang
you will press-gang
they will press-gang
Future Perfect
I will have press-ganged
you will have press-ganged
he/she/it will have press-ganged
we will have press-ganged
you will have press-ganged
they will have press-ganged
Future Continuous
I will be press-ganging
you will be press-ganging
he/she/it will be press-ganging
we will be press-ganging
you will be press-ganging
they will be press-ganging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been press-ganging
you have been press-ganging
he/she/it has been press-ganging
we have been press-ganging
you have been press-ganging
they have been press-ganging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been press-ganging
you will have been press-ganging
he/she/it will have been press-ganging
we will have been press-ganging
you will have been press-ganging
they will have been press-ganging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been press-ganging
you had been press-ganging
he/she/it had been press-ganging
we had been press-ganging
you had been press-ganging
they had been press-ganging
Conditional
I would press-gang
you would press-gang
he/she/it would press-gang
we would press-gang
you would press-gang
they would press-gang
Past Conditional
I would have press-ganged
you would have press-ganged
he/she/it would have press-ganged
we would have press-ganged
you would have press-ganged
they would have press-ganged
Translations

press-gang

[ˈpresgæŋ] VT to press-gang sb into doing sthforzar a algn a hacer algo

press-gang

[ˈprɛsgæŋ] vt
to press-gang sb into doing sth → faire pression sur qn pour qu'il fasse qch

press-gang

[ˈprɛsˌgæŋ] vt to press-gang sb into doing sthcostringere qn a viva forza a fare qc
References in classic literature ?
Her defence was (I have the trial in my pocket), "that she had lived in credit, and wanted for nothing, till a press-gang came and stole her husband from her; but since then, she had no bed to lie on; nothing to give her children to eat; and they were almost naked; and perhaps she might have done something wrong, for she hardly knew what she did.
We can't press-gang ethnic groups to enlist, council seats are up for grabs by all in local elections.
As it's held on Father's Day, it's an ideal event for would-be young pirates to press-gang their dads into bringing them along.