press gang(redirected from press-ganged into)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to press-ganged into: embargo
press gangalso press·gang (prĕs′găng′)
A company of men under an officer detailed to force men into military or naval service.
(Historical Terms) (formerly) a detachment of men used to press civilians for service in the navy or army
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.