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See also: hi-jack
Possibly from a blend of highway + jacker (“one who holds up”) (1915).
hijack (third-person singular simple present hijacks, present participle hijacking, simple past and past participle hijacked)
- To forcibly seize control of some vehicle in order to rob it or to reach a destination (especially an airplane, truck or a boat).
- To seize control of some process or resource to achieve a purpose other than its originally intended one.
- hijack the radio show
- (computing) To seize control of a networked computer by means of infecting it with a worm or other malware, thereby turning it into a zombie.
- (computing) To change software settings without a user's knowledge so as to force that user to visit a certain web site.
- to hijack a browser
- (politics) To introduce an amendment deleting the contents of a bill and inserting entirely new provisions.
to seize control of a vehicle
hijack (plural hijacks)
- An instance of hijacking; the illegal seizure of a vehicle; a hijacking.
- An instance of a seizure and redirection of a process.
- (politics) An amendment which deletes the contents of a bill and inserts entirely new provisions.
- (poker slang) Preflop, the position two before the dealer.
- (obsolete) A highwayman, robber.
- 1915 August 26, “Stick-Ups Get Good Hauls From Harvest Hands Near Yankton”, in Pierre Weekly Free Press, Pierre, SD, page 6:
- One lone "high-jack" held up 11 harvest hands in a freight car [...] last night, making a clean getaway with slightly over $180.
instance of hijacking of a vehicle
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “hijack”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
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