One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Hijack (an aircraft).
commandeer, seize, take over, take possession ofView synonyms
- ‘The record shows that such acts, from the bombing of buildings to skyjacking, in virtually every case have had three characteristics.’
- ‘Before that time, skyjacking was far more common.’
- ‘Here, Massimo freezes it into a Martian soundscape, and thus allows it to escape his grasp in an unremarkable skyjacking.’
- ‘He found that with the detectors in place from January 1973, the number of skyjacking attempts declined from close to forty a year to one.’
- ‘The field of study began in the 1970s with research into the effectiveness of metal detectors against skyjacking.’
- ‘Jerrold Post interviewed for eight hours an Abu Nidal terrorist who skyjacked an airliner and killed five passengers.’
An act of skyjacking.
1960s: blend of sky and hijack.
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