a body of persons under the command of an officer, formerly employed to impress others for service, esp. in the navy or army. Also,press'gang".
Pronunciation: (pres'gang"), [key]
1. to force (a person) into military or naval service.
2. to coerce (a person) into taking a certain action, political stand, etc.: to be press-ganged into endorsing a candidate.
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