press-gang


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press-gang

(prĕs′găng′)
tr.v. press-ganged, press-gang·ing, press-gangs
1. To force into military or naval service.
2. To force or coerce: "press-ganging a consumer into buying something he doesn't want" (Feona McEwan).

press′-gang`


n.
a body of persons under the command of an officer, formerly employed to impress others for service, esp. in the military.
[1685–95]
press′-gang`, v.t.

press-gang


Past participle: press-ganged
Gerund: press-ganging

Imperative
press-gang
press-gang
Present
I press-gang
you press-gang
he/she/it press-gangs
we press-gang
you press-gang
they press-gang
Preterite
I press-ganged
you press-ganged
he/she/it press-ganged
we press-ganged
you press-ganged
they press-ganged
Present Continuous
I am press-ganging
you are press-ganging
he/she/it is press-ganging
we are press-ganging
you are press-ganging
they are press-ganging
Present Perfect
I have press-ganged
you have press-ganged
he/she/it has press-ganged
we have press-ganged
you have press-ganged
they have press-ganged
Past Continuous
I was press-ganging
you were press-ganging
he/she/it was press-ganging
we were press-ganging
you were press-ganging
they were press-ganging
Past Perfect
I had press-ganged
you had press-ganged
he/she/it had press-ganged
we had press-ganged
you had press-ganged
they had press-ganged
Future
I will press-gang
you will press-gang
he/she/it will press-gang
we will press-gang
you will press-gang
they will press-gang
Future Perfect
I will have press-ganged
you will have press-ganged
he/she/it will have press-ganged
we will have press-ganged
you will have press-ganged
they will have press-ganged
Future Continuous
I will be press-ganging
you will be press-ganging
he/she/it will be press-ganging
we will be press-ganging
you will be press-ganging
they will be press-ganging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been press-ganging
you have been press-ganging
he/she/it has been press-ganging
we have been press-ganging
you have been press-ganging
they have been press-ganging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been press-ganging
you will have been press-ganging
he/she/it will have been press-ganging
we will have been press-ganging
you will have been press-ganging
they will have been press-ganging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been press-ganging
you had been press-ganging
he/she/it had been press-ganging
we had been press-ganging
you had been press-ganging
they had been press-ganging
Conditional
I would press-gang
you would press-gang
he/she/it would press-gang
we would press-gang
you would press-gang
they would press-gang
Past Conditional
I would have press-ganged
you would have press-ganged
he/she/it would have press-ganged
we would have press-ganged
you would have press-ganged
they would have press-ganged
Translations

press-gang

[ˈpresgæŋ] VT to press-gang sb into doing sthforzar a algn a hacer algo

press-gang

[ˈprɛsgæŋ] vt
to press-gang sb into doing sth → faire pression sur qn pour qu'il fasse qch

press-gang

[ˈprɛsˌgæŋ] vt to press-gang sb into doing sthcostringere qn a viva forza a fare qc
References in classic literature ?
Her defence was (I have the trial in my pocket), "that she had lived in credit, and wanted for nothing, till a press-gang came and stole her husband from her; but since then, she had no bed to lie on; nothing to give her children to eat; and they were almost naked; and perhaps she might have done something wrong, for she hardly knew what she did." The parish officers testified the truth of this story; but it seems, there had been a good deal of shop-lifting about Ludgate; an example was thought necessary; and this woman was hanged for the comfort and satisfaction of shopkeepers in Ludgate Street.
Press-gang them like in centuries gone by when that is how the navy got its men?
Three Men In Another Boat (BBC2, New Year's Day and Wednesday) - which gave Griff the chance to press-gang the other two into helping him take his yacht to the Isle of Wight to compete in a race -just smacked of self-indulgence.
Ian Hart's crooning is the business, but it's a total mystery why Glasgow's gangsters are having so much trouble recruiting that they're forced to press-gang Toni and his perm from hell into their job creation scheme.
Permitting terrorists and suspected terrorists to press-gang inmates into joining them is terrifying.
On the following day, as the crew of the Golden Lyon were at the Custom House, trying to obtain certificates of exemption from impressment when the press-gang stormed the place.
We can't press-gang ethnic groups to enlist, council seats are up for grabs by all in local elections.
BONUS WINNER: ELIZABETH WILSON OF HUYTON, LIVERPOOL ACROSS 1 White; 4 Christmas; 9 Ill at ease; 10 Error; 11 Erode; 12 Press-gang; 13 Auction; 15 Replica; 18 Tractor; 20 Solders; 21 Periscope; 23 Caper; 25 Noise; 26 Third-rate; 27 Cathedral; 28 Gloat.
"As it's held on Father's Day, it's an ideal event for would-be young pirates to press-gang their dads into bringing them along."
As a self-confessed 'townie' married into a farming family, he has experienced a more humble existence when press-ganged into harvesting potatoes.
When injury ends her career, her uncle Vanya (Matthias Schoenaerts) press-gangs his niece into the top-secret Sparrow project, which moulds attractive recruits to strike at the heart of Western governments.
Her uncle Vanya (Matthias Schoenaerts), deputy director of the Russian Intelligence Service, press-gangs her into the top-secret Sparrow project, which sees her sent to dupe CIA operative Nathaniel Nash (Joel Edgerton).