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
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.