press gang

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press gang noun
plural press gangs
press gang
noun
plural press gangs
Learner's definition of PRESS GANG
[count]
: a group of men who in the past would take men and force them to join the navy or army

— press–gang

/ˈprɛsˌgæŋ/ verb press–gangs; press–ganged; press–ganging [+ object]
often + into
often used figuratively in British English
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