An example of a gang is a group of youths who frequently rob stores and beat up others.
The whole gang from the office went to a clambake.
A railroad gang.
A gang of chisels.
Gang several pages onto one printing plate.
- A group of workers directed by a foreman.
- An organized group of criminals.
- A squad of convicts at work.
- A group of youths from one neighborhood banded together for social reasons; often specif., a band of juvenile delinquents.
A gang of sailors; a railroad gang.
The Winter Hill gang; the Gang of Four.
Not all members of the Gang of Six are consistent in their opposition to filibuster.
An outlet gang box; a double gang switch.
- to attack or oppose as a group
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Origin of gang
- Middle English band of men from Old English journey and Old Norse -gangr journey, group (as in thjofagangr gang of thieves)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English gangen, from Old English gangan (“to go, walk, turn out”), from Proto-Germanic *ganganą (“to go, walk”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰengʰ- (“to step, walk”). Cognate with Scots gang (“to go on foot, walk”), Swedish gånga (“to walk, go”), Faroese ganga (“to walk”), Icelandic ganga (“to walk, go”). Ultimately: related to etym. 2, see below.
- From Middle English gang, from Old English gang (“a journey, a way, a passage”), from Proto-Germanic *gangaz. Cognate with Dutch gang, Icelandic gangur, Norwegian gang ("hallway"), Old Norse gangr (passage, hallway).
- See gan.