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gang 1

1. A group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit.
2. A group of adolescents who band together, especially a group of delinquents.
3. Informal A group of people who associate regularly on a social basis: The whole gang from the office went to a clambake.
4. A group of laborers organized together on one job or under one foreperson: a railroad gang.
5. A matched or coordinated set, as of tools: a gang of chisels.
a. A pack of wolves or wild dogs.
b. A herd, especially of buffalo or elk.
v. ganged, gang·ing, gangs
To band together as a group or gang.
1. To arrange or assemble into a group, as for simultaneous operation or production: gang several pages onto one printing plate.
2. To attack as an organized group.
Phrasal Verb:
gang up
1. To join together in opposition or attack: The older children were always ganging up on the little ones.
2. To act together as a group: various agencies ganging up to combat the use of illicit drugs.

[Middle English, band of men, from Old English, journey, and Old Norse -gangr, journey, group (as in thjofagangr, gang of thieves).]

gang 2

Variant of gangue.

gang up

informal (often foll by: on or against) to combine in a group (against)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.gang up - act as an organized group
aggroup, group - form a group or group together


1. An organized group of criminals, hoodlums, or wrongdoers:
Informal: mob.
2. Informal. A particular social group:
Informal: bunch.
3. A group of people organized for a particular purpose:
phrasal verb
gang up
To assemble or join in a group:

w>gang up

visich zusammentun; to gang up against or on somebodysich gegen jdn verbünden or verschwören; (to fight) → geschlossen auf jdn or gegen jdn losgehen
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