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Shang·hai 1

 (shăng-hī′, shäng′-)
A city of eastern China at the mouth of the Yangtze River southeast of Nanjing. The largest city in the country, it was a treaty port following the Opium War (1839-1842). France, Great Britain, and the United States all held large concessions in the city until the early 1900s.

Shang·hai 2

See Cochin2.

[After Shanghai1.]


 (shăng-hī′, shăng′hī′)
tr.v. shang·haied, shang·hai·ing, shang·hais
1. To kidnap (a man) for compulsory service aboard a ship, especially after drugging him.
2. To induce or compel (someone) to do something, especially by fraud or force: We were shanghaied into buying worthless securities.

[After Shanghai1from the former custom of kidnapping sailors to man ships going to China.]

shang·hai′er n.
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(Placename) a port in E China, capital of Shanghai municipality (traditionally in SE Jiangsu) near the estuary of the Yangtze: the largest city in China and one of the largest ports in the world; a major cultural and industrial centre, with many universities. Pop: 12 665 000 (2005 est)


(ˈʃæŋhaɪ; ʃæŋˈhaɪ)
vb (tr) , -hais, -haiing or -haied
1. (Nautical Terms) to kidnap (a man or seaman) for enforced service at sea, esp on a merchant ship
2. to force or trick (someone) into doing something, going somewhere, etc
3. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) Austral and NZ to shoot with a catapult
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) Austral and NZ a catapult
[C19: from the city of Shanghai; from the forceful methods formerly used to collect crews for voyages to the Orient]
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(ˈʃæŋ haɪ, ʃæŋˈhaɪ)

v.t. -haied, -hai•ing.
to enroll or obtain (a sailor) for the crew of a ship by unscrupulous means, as by force.
[1870–75, Amer.; after Shanghai]



a seaport and municipality in Jiangsu province, in E China, near the mouth of the Chang Jiang. 7,830,000 (municipality 13,560,000).
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Past participle: shanghaied
Gerund: shanghaiing

I shanghai
you shanghai
he/she/it shanghais
we shanghai
you shanghai
they shanghai
I shanghaied
you shanghaied
he/she/it shanghaied
we shanghaied
you shanghaied
they shanghaied
Present Continuous
I am shanghaiing
you are shanghaiing
he/she/it is shanghaiing
we are shanghaiing
you are shanghaiing
they are shanghaiing
Present Perfect
I have shanghaied
you have shanghaied
he/she/it has shanghaied
we have shanghaied
you have shanghaied
they have shanghaied
Past Continuous
I was shanghaiing
you were shanghaiing
he/she/it was shanghaiing
we were shanghaiing
you were shanghaiing
they were shanghaiing
Past Perfect
I had shanghaied
you had shanghaied
he/she/it had shanghaied
we had shanghaied
you had shanghaied
they had shanghaied
I will shanghai
you will shanghai
he/she/it will shanghai
we will shanghai
you will shanghai
they will shanghai
Future Perfect
I will have shanghaied
you will have shanghaied
he/she/it will have shanghaied
we will have shanghaied
you will have shanghaied
they will have shanghaied
Future Continuous
I will be shanghaiing
you will be shanghaiing
he/she/it will be shanghaiing
we will be shanghaiing
you will be shanghaiing
they will be shanghaiing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shanghaiing
you have been shanghaiing
he/she/it has been shanghaiing
we have been shanghaiing
you have been shanghaiing
they have been shanghaiing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shanghaiing
you will have been shanghaiing
he/she/it will have been shanghaiing
we will have been shanghaiing
you will have been shanghaiing
they will have been shanghaiing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shanghaiing
you had been shanghaiing
he/she/it had been shanghaiing
we had been shanghaiing
you had been shanghaiing
they had been shanghaiing
I would shanghai
you would shanghai
he/she/it would shanghai
we would shanghai
you would shanghai
they would shanghai
Past Conditional
I would have shanghaied
you would have shanghaied
he/she/it would have shanghaied
we would have shanghaied
you would have shanghaied
they would have shanghaied
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shanghai - the largest city of ChinaShanghai - the largest city of China; located in the east on the Pacific; one of the largest ports in the world
Cathay, China, Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic of China, PRC, Red China - a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
Verb1.shanghai - take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship; "The men were shanghaied after being drugged"
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
abduct, kidnap, nobble, snatch - take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom; "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"
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[ˌʃæŋˈhaɪ] NShanghai m


[ʃæŋˈhaɪ] VT to shanghai sb (Naut) (archaic) → narcotizar or emborrachar a algn y llevarle como marinero (fig) → secuestrar a algn
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vt (Naut) → schanghaien; to shanghai somebody into doing something (fig inf)jdn zwingen, etw zu tun
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References in classic literature ?
"By going to Nagasaki, at the extreme south of Japan, or even to Shanghai, which is only eight hundred miles from here.
Fogg, "I must take the American steamer at Yokohama, and not at Shanghai or Nagasaki."
It puts in at Yokohama and Nagasaki, but it starts from Shanghai."
We have, therefore, four days before us, that is ninety-six hours; and in that time, if we had good luck and a south-west wind, and the sea was calm, we could make those eight hundred miles to Shanghai."
Impatience grew apace, when, on the 2nd of July, they learned that a steamer of the line of San Francisco, from California to Shanghai, had seen the animal three weeks before in the North Pacific Ocean.
I've got slippers waiting for me in a tea-house in Shanghai, and I don't have to tell 'em how to cook my eggs in Rio de Janeiro or Seattle.
Smallpox in 'Onolulu, two broken legs in Shanghai, pnuemonia in Unalaska, three busted ribs an' my insides all twisted in 'Frisco.
He wanted to go to the East; and his fancy was rich with pictures of Bangkok and Shanghai, and the ports of Japan: he pictured to himself palm-trees and skies blue and hot, dark-skinned people, pagodas; the scents of the Orient intoxicated his nostrils.
In addition, he spent fully a hundred pounds in outfitting me and buying me a passage from Thursday Island to Shanghai."
He had been shipped in a hurry in Shanghai, that trip when the second officer brought from home had delayed the ship three hours in port by contriving (in some manner Captain MacWhirr could never understand) to fall overboard into an empty coal-lighter lying alongside, and had to be sent ashore to the hospital with concussion of the brain and a broken limb or two.
They no longer soar, and they attain only to a Shanghai and Cochin- China grandeur.
He was in fact "shanghaied" aboard a gallant, gallant ship, and sailed for a far countree.

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