Translation of gang in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /gæŋ/


  • 1 1.1 (of criminals) banda (feminine), pandilla (feminine)
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    • 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.
    1.2 (of youths) pandilla (feminine) 1.3 (of workmen) cuadrilla (feminine)
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    • 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.
    1.4 (of children) pandilla (feminine), panda (feminine) 1.5 (clique) [colloquial/familiar] grupo (masculine) the same old gang running things el grupito de siempre dirigiendo el cotarro [colloquial/familiar]
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    • 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.

Phrasal verbs

gang together

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
(join forces) apandillarse; (gather) juntarse en pandillas

gang up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
(unite in opposition) [colloquial/familiar]to gang up against oon sb the kids in my class are ganging up on me los chicos de mi clase la tienen tomada conmigo [colloquial/familiar] the press seems to have ganged up against them la prensa parece estar confabulada contra ellos

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