Shanghai definition

shăng-hī, shănghī
To induce or compel (someone) to do something, especially by fraud or force.

We were shanghaied into buying worthless securities.

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To kidnap (a man) for compulsory service aboard a ship, especially after drugging him.
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A city of eastern China at the mouth of the Yangtze River southeast of Nanjing. The largest city in the country, it was a treaty port following the Opium War (1839–1842). France, Great Britain, and the United States all held large concessions in the city until the early 1900s.
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Any of a breed of large, dark-skinned chicken with white feathers and feathered shanks, imported from China in the 19th cent.
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To kidnap, usually by drugging, for service aboard ship.
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A type of long-legged chicken believed to be of Asian origin.
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(slang) To forcibly or deceitfully induce (another) to do something.
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To force or trick (someone) into joining a ship which is lacking a full crew.
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To abduct or coerce.
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Let's see if we can shanghai a room for a couple of hours.

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(Australia, New Zealand) A slingshot.
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A port city in China.
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(place) Seaport in Jiangsu province, E China, near the mouth of the Chang.
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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 Wiktionary

  • From Mandarin 上海 (ShànghÇŽi).

    From Wiktionary