Definition of hijack
Examples of hijack in a Sentence
He hijacked a truck, threatening the driver at gunpoint.
A band of robbers hijacked the load of furs from the truck.
A group of terrorists hijacked the plane.
The organization has been hijacked by radicals.
Recent Examples of hijack from the Web
Alton Strupp/CJ Two years ago, Will Russell's life was hijacked by bipolar disorder, resulting in a months-long manic episode that led to multiple arrests, bankruptcy and the loss of two businesses.
HILLSBORO, Oregon -- A suspect was killed by law enforcement after attempting to hijacking a helicopter and firing a gun at the Hillsboro Airport on Monday morning, police said.
The group known as Team System Dz hijacks webpages to post pro-Islamic State messages.
By hijacking headlines and warping the news cycle through sheer gravitational force, Trump is rupturing the journalism landscape, one land-mine tweet at a time.
John basically hijacked his best friend's wedding day to serve his own romantic purposes, which, IMHO, is a major friendship dealbreaker.
The article was hijacked by all sides, particularly by those seeking to demonstrate that the US was in Israel's pocket.
After a bizarre end featuring an outspoken, critical reporter hijacking the press conference, Griffin retired to a back office and canceled a series of interviews with individual reporters.
Outside of industry-wide pressure from regulators or insurers, individual companies may hesitate to spend more on security, despite the massive risks that hijacked and hacked cars pose.
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Origin and Etymology of hijack
First Known Use: 1923See Words from the same year
HIJACK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hijack for English Language Learners
: to stop and steal (a moving vehicle)
: to steal (something) from a moving vehicle that you have stopped
: to take control of (an aircraft) by force
HIJACK Defined for Kids
Definition of hijack for Students
1 : to stop and steal or steal from a moving vehicle
2 : to take control of (an aircraft) by force
Legal Definition of hijack
: to seize possession or control of (a vehicle) from another person by force or threat of force; specifically : to seize possession or control of (an aircraft) especially by forcing the pilot to divert the aircraft to another destination
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