Main definitions of gang in English

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gang1

noun

  • 1An organized group of criminals.

    • ‘Organised criminal gangs using JCBs are raiding Scotland's wild plants, making tens of thousands of pounds a time.’
    • ‘Organised criminal gangs, using highly sophisticated techniques, are often behind them.’
    • ‘Former military figures have been implicated in drug trafficking and kidnappings by organized criminal gangs.’
    • ‘The more established parts of organised criminal gangs seek to make investments in the ‘legitimate’ economy, by buying companies or real estate.’
    • ‘Many of the ingredients of the original are present and correct: a gang of cool criminals; a daring bullion heist; and a sleek fleet of Minis as getaway cars.’
    • ‘That is why Labour is going to introduce ID cards to boost our efforts in tackling the organised criminal gangs who traffic illegal immigrants, drugs and money into our communities.’
    • ‘The documents contained sensitive information on informants, north west criminal gangs and even bank accounts detailing payments for information.’
    • ‘Authorities believe criminal gangs and paramilitary organisations are making hundreds of millions of euro every year from a range of criminal activity.’
    • ‘The police will be taking a hard look at organised criminal gangs operating in the city.’
    • ‘They are often suspected of being criminals from organized gangs.’
    • ‘In an attempt to come up with the cash, they formulate a plan to rob a ragtag gang of criminals who are planning a heist.’
    • ‘Credit and debit card fraud has increased by 53% during the past two years, with organised criminal gangs being blamed for the rise.’
    • ‘Basingstoke police are hunting a gang of criminals believed to be behind a string of burglaries where elderly people's homes have been targeted.’
    • ‘The problem, he said, is a Europe-wide one, with organised criminal gangs stealing up to £10 billion worth of goods each year.’
    • ‘In its most dangerous form, it can include the organized activities of predator gangs, criminal groups, and drug trafficking networks.’
    • ‘Criminal gangs use the information you enter to empty your bank account or spend on your credit card.’
    • ‘That clearly demonstrates to me that there is scope for changing the legislation and looking at civil forfeiture as a way of bringing more assets in from organised criminal gangs.’
    • ‘We have been very weak in how we deal with gangs and criminal organisations in this country.’
    • ‘After becoming an expert pickpocket he organizes a gang of thieves, whose goods he receives and sells at huge profit to himself.’
    • ‘She added that most vulnerable residents of the city have become the prey of organised and powerful criminal gangs.’
    1. 1.1A group of young people involved in petty crime or violence.
      • ‘He said it was a particularly ‘nasty’ crime in which a gang of youths had preyed on an elderly man living on his own.’
      • ‘It's a rough neighborhood - crime is rampant, gangs of juvenile delinquents roam the streets, and the police are afraid to patrol the area.’
      • ‘A couple have vowed not to be pushed out of their own street by gangs of youths they say have made their lives a misery for years.’
      • ‘A 15-year-old girl was hit in the face with a metal bar in an attack involving a gang of eight youths in Worcester Park.’
      • ‘His mother believed he may have been targeted because he was carrying skates - and was concerned about the growing violence involving young gangs in the city.’
      • ‘Stores with extensive ground-level car parking, which suffer car crime and loitering gangs of youths, are considering security patrols.’
      • ‘Police were called out to deal with two more incidents involving gangs of youths gathering in Etty Avenue, Tang Hall, York, last night.’
      • ‘A secret surveillance operation has exposed a catalogue of crime as gangs of youths run amok on the streets of a troubled York estate.’
      • ‘His initiative is one of several trying to keep youth from street gangs.’
      • ‘The streets are awash with gangs of youths and people who look like they have not bathed in weeks.’
      • ‘Volunteer pensioners are reviewing security after coming under attack from gangs of youths during a charity street procession.’
      • ‘A community organisation might find a new way of working with young people to break down gangs and gang violence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Years later he returns to London and organizes a group of street urchins into a petty crime gang which he joins.’
      • ‘By having more programs, you might see a reduction in the dangers facing youth today like street gangs.’
      • ‘One resident, who did not want to be named, said that in recent weeks his car had been attacked and damaged by gangs of youths and windows on his street had been smashed.’
      • ‘Crime by gangs of unemployed youth has been increasing in the Tari area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a teenager growing up in New York, he had become involved with street gangs and used drug dealing as a means of funding his own heroin addiction.’
      • ‘Their father spent 10 years in prison and the two boys became involved with the street gangs scene of the 1960s.’
    2. 1.2informal A group of people, especially young people, who regularly associate together.
      • ‘Let's get the rest of the gang together and hang out at the canteen.’
      • ‘Suddenly it's next December 31, and the gang's all together again to ring in another year.’
      • ‘The next day, the gang got together at the mall like we always did.’
      • ‘It was going to be the first time the gang had all been together since the last day of school.’
      • ‘He was worried about the availability of toilet facilities and electricity for the gang.’
      • ‘That night the whole gang got together to celebrate the beginning of a new family.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Soon enough, the gang is all together and they're playing a game of high stakes poker.’
    3. 1.3An organized group of people doing manual work.
      ‘ninety days of hard labor on the road gang’
      • ‘By the 1960s SHD enthusiasm for using convict road gangs was apparently in decline as the system dwindled away to a remnant.’
      • ‘The number of convicts used in road gangs in Alabama increased rapidly in the late 1940s as demobilization increased the population of young men.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Prior to 1927, when county convict road gangs were sometimes used by the SHC, there is no explicit mention of the race of convict laborers.’
      • ‘The reappearance of road gangs in Alabama revived painful images of the state and the South as a backward and racist region.’
      • ‘African male slaves described as being from the same ‘nation’ in Africa often labored together in work gangs.’
      • ‘He had the pleasure of working with rail gangs under the supervision of three locals, all now long retired.’
      • ‘At the age of 11, he paid the taxes on that farm by working on the county road gang.’
      • ‘The majority of the county convicts placed in state custody were put to work on prison farms rather than on road gangs.’
      • ‘Trading standards officials in North Yorkshire are warning householders about teams of itinerant asphalt-laying gangs operating in the county.’
      • ‘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 planners and tunnel gangs had done their job with impressive skill.’
      • ‘He seems to have worked on road gangs for a time and in a shoe repair factory before rheumatism forced him to quit.’
      • ‘Men worked on road gangs, though before long labour shortages led Ottawa to encourage them to move eastwards to Central Canadian manufacturing plants.’
      • ‘The road gang's contract was abruptly cancelled as Arthur's Pass became the preferred route through to the coast.’
      • ‘Several years later the state attempted to make the road gangs all black again.’
      • ‘Some were lynched and many others brought before the courts where they were convicted and sentenced to long terms working on county chain and highway gangs.’
      • ‘Despite the proven utility of convict road gangs for construction work, the postwar trend was definitely headed in the direction of maintenance work.’
      • ‘For the next six months he and a gang of voluntary workers worked night after night to transform the vacant site into the first Celtic Park.’
      • ‘The prison warden declared that he was a ‘trusty’ and had served on the road gang without trouble.’
  • 2A set of switches, sockets, or other electrical or mechanical devices grouped together.

    • ‘I've currently got a three gang switch which I'm taking one light off of and moving to a separate switch.’

verb

  • 1[no object] (of a number of people) form a group or gang.

    ‘the smaller supermarket chains are ganging together to beat the big boys’
    • ‘They will gang together, move into an area and have a lot of muscle with the landlords.’
    • ‘On the Downbelows' debut, Toronto punk vets (ex-members of Trigger Happy, Tirekickers, et al.) gang together for an ode to their favourite rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While other children that were experimented on liked to gang together and try to keep each other's spirits up, he would always stay separate.’
    • ‘Of course, the statistics of that division are shocking, and of course the rich countries gang together in the G8 to make sure the division continues.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was the first time such a large group of WTO member states had ganged together to ask for the suspension of concessions, he noted, though he expressed regret at being obliged to take such an action.’
    • ‘It seems no coincidence that every election year a few politicians gang together for some legislative bashing.’
    1. 1.1(of a number of people) join together, typically in order to intimidate someone.
      ‘he is being unfairly ganged up on’
      • ‘I would like to join Tim in ganging up on him over this post of his today.’
      • ‘Perhaps all of the above came together in a conspiracy to gang up on her vulnerable and elusive self-esteem.’
      • ‘As the French Open gathers its forces for the second week, the top women are ganging up on poor little Serena.’
      • ‘If possible, people working together will always attempt to gang up on single antagonists one at a time.’
      • ‘The Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times all ganged up on him and forced his Mercury Times editor to withdraw support for the series in a front-page editorial.’
      • ‘In the European experience, complaints frequently stem from employees ganging up against another employee.’
      • ‘‘As someone from Swindon I have got concerns because I think we will see the rural areas ganging up on the urban areas,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When they collapsed in heaps, you felt that the fates were ganging up on this team; with him, it felt as if they were positively mocking England.’
      • ‘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.

    • ‘By the way, faders can be ganged together as a mix group for simultaneous operation, including the recording of simultaneous automation curves.’
    • ‘As mentioned earlier, ganging storage devices together as a striped storage pool can greatly enhance performance.’
    • ‘PCI Express lanes can be effectively ganged together.’
    • ‘If you need to go further, switch to higher-gain antennas or gang two WRT54Gs together.’
    • ‘The sixteen pixel shader units are ganged together into four groups of four, and memory accesses are carried out on 2x2 tiles of pixels for the sake of transactional and bandwidth efficiency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Multiple lane approaches, each running at slower speeds like 10G XAUI, ganged together to provide high overall speed, were not considered due to their inherent cost and complexity burden to the disk drive.’

Origin

Old English, from Old Norse gangr, ganga gait, course, going of Germanic origin; related to gang. The original meaning was going, a journey later in Middle English a way, passage also set of things or people that go together.

Pronunciation:

gang

/ɡaNG/

Main definitions of gang in English

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gang2

verb

[NO OBJECT]Scottish
  • Go; proceed.

    ‘gang to your bed, lass’
    • ‘'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.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • gang agley

    • (of a plan) go wrong.

      • ‘But that wrecked show-trial wasn't the only media scheme that ganged agley in November 2005.’
      • ‘The best laid plans, I discovered, can indeed gang agley, as swiftly as a mouse's existence is ended by a harvester.’
      • ‘The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley.’
      • ‘I should have expected that plan to gang agley.’
      • ‘Sometimes we fail simply because we are poor, dumb, fallible, feckless human beings whose best-laid schemes gang aft agley.’

Origin

Old English gangan, of Germanic origin; related to go.

Pronunciation:

gang

/ɡaNG/