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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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Born inNewcastlein 1776, Robert was seized by the press gang in 1804 and found himself serving on Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar a year later.
Born in Newcastle in 1776, Robert was seized by the press gang in 1804 and found himself serving on Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar a year later.
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