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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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VVPERMIT trainers' event IT'S PTA day at Hexham later this month - but don't worry about finding yourself press-ganged into running the tombola at the school fete.
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Looking in turn at her rise in the divine realm and in the realm of the merchant king, he considers such aspects as the birth of Parvati and her marriage with Shiva, the slaying of Taraka and the Asura, Manasa's forest exile, the churning of the seas, neutralizing Chand's occult power, Usha and Aniruddha press-ganged by Padma, the marriage of Behula and Lakshmindar, and death in the steel chamber.
Emmet is press-ganged into leading the perilous quest.
Elsewhere, when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping with Eva press-ganged into service as Carla's reluctant sidekick.
Originally disguising herself as a man so she could enroll in the English army and find her press-ganged husband Richard Welsh, she apparently preferred a life of adventure and went on to live it, going through three marriages on the way.
He was press-ganged by British Admiral Sir Edward Pellew during the Napoleonic wars and spent the next four years as a ship's fiddler.
But due to the fact that the driver overloaded the bus with mums with buggies, my mother was press-ganged into moving further down the bus by other passengers.
Other advantages are said to have included the right to avoid being press-ganged, to be married in St Paul's Cathedral, and to be drunk and disorderly without arrest.
Local residents were alleged to have been press-ganged into work on a railway line and road that will ease access to the villa.
In 1794 the Liverpool mail coach was held up just outside the town, and its driver press-ganged into service.