We were shanghaied into buying worthless securities.
Origin of shanghai
- After Shanghai from the former custom of kidnapping sailors to man ships going to China
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Mandarin 上海 (ShànghÇŽi), with reference to the former practice of forcibly crewing ships heading for the Orient.
- From Mandarin 上海 (ShànghÇŽi).