verb (shanghais, shanghaiing /-ˌhī-iNG/, shanghaied /-ˌhīd/)[with object] historical
1Force (someone) to join a ship lacking a full crew by drugging them or using other underhanded means.
- 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.
1.1 informal Coerce or trick (someone) into a place or position or into doing something: Brady shanghaied her into his Jaguar and roared off
More example sentences
- 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.
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'.