highjack

verb

high·​jack ˈhī-ˌjak How to pronounce highjack (audio)
highjacked; highjacking; highjacks
: hijack
"… People didn't know what he was going to do—some even thought he was planning to highjack the plane."Tad Szulc

Examples of highjack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The attempt by Somali pirates to highjack the U.S. ship the Maersk Alabama in 2009 was featured prominently on cable news and introduced the Somalia problem to the American public. Peter Eichstaedt, Foreign Affairs, 1 Jan. 2011 For any business that’s been highjacked or shut down on Facebook, Meta is providing a new support flow to fix and regain access to them. Umar Shakir, The Verge, 3 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of highjack was in 1936

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“Highjack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highjack. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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