press-gang

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press-gang (plural press-gangs)

  1. A body of men employed to force others into military or naval service.

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press-gang (third-person singular simple present press-gangs, present participle press-ganging, simple past and past participle press-ganged)

  1. To force men into military or naval service.
  2. To coerce somebody into doing something that they are reluctant to do.

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