- 1An organized group of criminals: a gang of bank robbers [as modifier]: gang warfareMore example sentences
- Former military figures have been implicated in drug trafficking and kidnappings by organized criminal gangs.
- In its most dangerous form, it can include the organized activities of predator gangs, criminal groups, and drug trafficking networks.
- They are often suspected of being criminals from organized gangs.
- 1.1A group of young people involved in petty crime or violence: three men were attacked by a gang of youths a street gangMore example sentences
- However, some of our more solvable problems such as street crime and youth gangs who prey on innocents in broad daylight can be eradicated in short order.
- A secret surveillance operation has exposed a catalogue of crime as gangs of youths run amok on the streets of a troubled York estate.
- Born 50 years ago in Glasgow's east end, by the age of 14 he was caught up in the world of razor gangs and petty crime.
- 1.2 • informal A group of people, especially young people, who regularly associate together.More example sentences
band, group, crowd, pack, horde, throng, mob, herd, swarm, multitude, mass, body, troop, drove, cluster; company, gathering, assemblage, assemblycircle, social circle, social set, group of friends, clique, in-crowd, coterie, lot, ring, clan, club, league, faction, cabal; fraternity, sorority, brotherhood, sisterhood• informal crew, posse
- He goes from James Brown to Philip Glass In The Commitments, I decided I wanted to bring a gang of young people together.
- Pulling out of Queen's Park, heading towards Maida Vale through the smart terraces, it was all very nice, until at the Harrow Road a big gang of bus enthusiasts came on.
- He was worried about the availability of toilet facilities and electricity for the gang.
- 1.3An organized group of people doing manual work: a government road gangMore example sentences
- This shopkeeper takes me to see a former government official who was tasked with beating tribals used for road gangs in the Karen state, in far eastern Burma.
- After a spell on the road gangs, some thirty more were sent for several years to the coal mines at Newcastle, reopened for them.
- The road gang's contract was abruptly cancelled as Arthur's Pass became the preferred route through to the coast.
- 2A set of switches, sockets, or other electrical or mechanical devices grouped together: the machine had a gang of cutter chains on a swivelling head [as modifier, in combination]: a three-gang switchMore example sentences
- I've currently got a three gang switch which I'm taking one light off of and moving to a separate switch.
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- 1 [no object] (gang together) (Of a number of people) form a group or gang: three banks ganged together to form a ‘virtual bank’More example sentences
- One could go one step further and encourage people to gang together and click on certain ads in the manner of an ad busting flashmob.
- They will gang together, move into an area and have a lot of muscle with the landlords.
- There is this feature, your Honours, that was identified by Chief Justice Gleeson and Justice Gummow in Gilbert's Case, that you have here a case where prisoners are accused of ganging together to kill another prisoner.
- 1.1 (gang up) Join together in order to intimidate or oppose someone: they ganged up on me and nicked my pocket moneyMore example sentences
- My new best friend and I have decided that as we are now joined in peaceful harmony, we'll put our combined forces together, and gang up on him.
- I would like to join Tim in ganging up on him over this post of his today.
- I hate them when they're together; they always gang up on me.
- 2 [with object] Arrange (electrical devices or machines) together to work in coordination: adjacent faders can be ganged for common manipulationMore example sentences
- As mentioned earlier, ganging storage devices together as a striped storage pool can greatly enhance performance.
- If you need to go further, switch to higher-gain antennas or gang two WRT54Gs together.
- In applications requiring all live current - carrying wires to be positively opened from the source voltage when a fault occurs, fuses cannot be ganged together to assure that all lines will be opened in the event of an overload or fault.
Old English, from Old Norse gangr, ganga 'gait, course, going', of Germanic origin; related to gang2. The original meaning was 'going, a journey', later in Middle English 'a way', also 'set of things or people which go together'.
verb[no object] Scottish
- Go; proceed: gang to your bed, lassMore example sentences
- 'I'll be gettin' a bit leave afore we gang to the Front,' said Macgregor, as though the months of training were already nearing an end.
- We gang at three and four in the morning, and return at four and five at night.
- (Of a plan) go wrong.[ 1786: from Robert Burns's ‘The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley’ (Poems and Songs)]More example sentences
- The best laid plans, I discovered, can indeed gang agley, as swiftly as a mouse's existence is ended by a harvester.
- But that wrecked show-trial wasn't the only media scheme that ganged agley in November 2005.
- I should have expected that plan to gang agley.
Old English gangan, of Germanic origin; related to go1.