press-gang

noun

: a detachment of men under command of an officer empowered to force men into military or naval service
press-gang transitive verb

Word History

Etymology

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First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of press-gang was in 1693

Dictionary Entries Near press-gang

Cite this Entry

“Press-gang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/press-gang. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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