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gang rape

  
     ( gang rapes    3rd person present)   ( gang raping    present participle)   ( gang raped    past tense & past participle  ) , gang-rape   If a woman is gang raped, several men force her to have sex with them.      verb   usu passive  
For five hours, the women were gang-raped.      be V-ed, Also V n  
      Gang rape is also a noun., n-count  
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gang     ( gangs    plural & 3rd person present)   ( ganging    present participle)   ( ganged    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A gang is a group of people, especially young people, who go around together and often deliberately cause trouble.  
oft N of n  
During the fight with a rival gang he lashed out with his flick knife..., Gang members were behind a lot of the violence..., He was attacked by a gang of youths.     
2       n-count   A gang is a group of criminals who work together to commit crimes.  
Police were hunting for a gang who had allegedly stolen fifty-five cars., ...an underworld gang., ...a gang of masked robbers.     
3       n-sing   Thegang is a group of friends who frequently meet.  
INFORMAL   usu the N  
Come on over, we've got lots of the old gang here.     
4       n-count   A gang is a group of workers who do physical work together.  
oft N of n  
...a gang of labourers.      gang up      phrasal verb   If people gang upon someone, they unite against them for a particular reason, for example in a fight or argument.  
INFORMAL   Harrison complained that his colleagues ganged up on him...      V P on n  
All the other parties ganged up to keep them out of power...      V P to-inf  
All the girls in my class seemed to gang up against me.      V P against n  


chain gang        ( chain gangs    plural  ) In the United States, a chain gang is a group of prisoners who are chained together to do work outside their prison. Chain gangs existed especially in former times.      n-count  
gang rape        ( gang rapes    3rd person present)   ( gang raping    present participle)   ( gang raped    past tense & past participle  ) , gang-rape   If a woman is gang raped, several men force her to have sex with them.      verb   usu passive  
For five hours, the women were gang-raped.      be V-ed, Also V n  
      Gang rape is also a noun., n-count  
press-gang        ( press-gangs    plural & 3rd person present)   ( press-ganging    present participle)   ( press-ganged    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you are press-ganged into doing something, you are made or persuaded to do it, even though you do not really want to.  
  (mainly BRIT)   usu passive   (=force)  
I was press-ganged into working in that business...      be V-ed into -ing/n  
She was a volunteer, she hadn't had to be press-ganged.      be V-ed  
2       verb   If people are press-ganged, they are captured and forced to join the army or navy.  
  (mainly BRIT)   usu passive  
They left their villages to evade being press-ganged into the army...      be V-ed into n  
The government denies that the women were press-ganged.      be V-ed  
  press-ganging      n-sing   the N of n  
...the press-ganging of young people into the country's armed forces.     
3       n-count   In former times, a press-gang was a group of men who used to capture boys and men and force them to join the navy.  

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gang

  
  
band, bevy, camp, circle, clique, club, company, coterie, crew     (informal)   crowd, group, herd, horde, lot, mob, pack, party, posse     (slang)   ring, set, shift, squad, team, troupe  

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gang up, chain gang, gangly, gag

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