verb (shanghais, shanghaiing-ˌhī-iNG, shanghaied-ˌhīd)[with object] historical
- Otherwise, as Hume remarks in his essay ‘Of the Original Contract’, it is like telling a man who has been shanghaied aboard a ship that he is free to leap into the sea and perish.
- It was probably the first time any of them had received a kind word from the panda since they had been shanghaied to the crew.
- Anyone publishing it should be shanghaied aboard a hell-ship and flogged through the horse latitudes.
- At the end of the afternoon the cameras came out, and a waiter was shanghaied to take the group photo.
- The night before he began his college basketball career, Anthony was shanghaied along with the rest of his Syracuse teammates and was taken to a party at the New York museum on board the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier.
- Marcella shanghaied him and said something about his brother being in the study and wanting to see him.
Late 19th century: from Shanghai.
Words that rhyme with shanghaially, Altai, apply, assai, awry, ay, aye, Baha'i, belie, bi, Bligh, buy, by, bye, bye-bye, chi, Chiangmai, Ciskei, comply, cry, Cy, Dai, defy, deny, Di, die, do-or-die, dry, Dubai, dye, espy, eye, fie, fly, forbye, fry, Frye, goodbye (US goodby), guy, hereby, hi, hie, high, I, imply, I-spy, July, kai, lie, lye, Mackay, misapply, my, nearby, nigh, Nye, outfly, passer-by, phi, pi, pie, ply, pry, psi, Qinghai, rai, rely, rocaille, rye, scry, serai, shy, sigh, sky, Skye, sky-high, sly, spin-dry, spry, spy, sty, Sukhotai, supply, Tai, Thai, thereby, thigh, thy, tie, Transkei, try, tumble-dry, underlie, Versailles, Vi, vie, whereby, why, wry, Wye, xi, Xingtai, Yantai
Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural shanghais)
verb (shanghais, shanghaiing, shanghaied)[with object] Back to top
Mid 19th century: probably an alteration of Scots dialect shangan 'a stick cleft at one end'.
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