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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.
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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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Emmet is press-ganged into leading the perilous quest.
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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.
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Jonathan served an apprenticeship and took employment as a tanner, but in 1804, at the age of 21, he was press-ganged into the Navy.
From the tough guys forced to dress as women to the prim parson reluctantly press-ganged into working with the prisoners to save his harpsichord from being heaved overboard.
Ade is worried about the disappearance of her son Frank and a reluctant Prim is press-ganged into looking for him.