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Press gang   /prɛs gæŋ/   Listen
Press gang

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

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"Press gang" Quotes from Famous Books

... not yet seen the vessel; she was painting, and would shortly be coming up to the Pool. Nor had he seen Captain Barker, who was very much occupied, said Diggle, and had a great deal of trouble in keeping his crew out of the clutches of the press gang. Some of the best of them had been sent to the Waterman's Rest in charge of the chief and second mates. It was at Diggle's suggestion that he had been deputed to convey the ...
— In Clive's Command - A Story of the Fight for India • Herbert Strang

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