Definition of Press gang

1. Noun. A detachment empowered to force civilians to serve in the army or navy.

Generic synonyms: Detachment



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Press Gang

press brake
press brakes
press card
press charges
press clipping
press conference
press conferences
press corps
press cutting
press down
press down on
press forward
press gaggle
press gaggles
press gallery
press gang (current term)
press home
press kit
press lord
press of canvas
press of sail
press office
press on
press out
press photographer
press pool
press relations
press release
press releases
press roll

Literary usage of Press gang

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lives of the Chief Justices of England: From the Norman Conquest Till by John Campbell Campbell (1874)
"J .. , ., B by a priss- evening lor his health, on 1 ower U ill, and """"'' meeting a press-gang, he was supposed, from his appearance, to be in a very low ..."

2. Annals of the American Revolution: Or, A Record of the Causes and Events by Jedidiah Morse (1824)
"A boat was sent to the Rose, and a strong reinforcement to the press-gang, who soon broke down all before them, seized the four sailors, one of whom was ..."

3. A History of England from the Conclusion of the Great War in 1815 by Spencer Walpole (1890)
"the effectual manning of ships of war. When a press-gang was formed ... and the press-gang had to confine itself to seizing landsmen and boys unfit for ..."

4. A Sailor's Garland by John Masefield (1908)
"FREDERICK MARRYAT THE PRESS-GANG HERE'S the tender coming, Pressing all the men ; O, dear honey, What shall we do then ? Here's the tender coming, ..."

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