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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
gang
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a rival gang
▪ The street is a war zone between two rival gangs.
chain gang
gang rape
gang rape
▪ the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
armed
▪ An armed gang has stolen jewels worth more than five million pounds from London's Hatton Garden.
▪ Between the 1740s and the 1820s, Romney Marsh was openly terrorized by armed gangs of smugglers.
criminal
▪ The island is also the traditional recruiting ground for criminal gangs along the Riviera.
▪ Behind the glitzy shopping arcades, ethnic criminal gangs fight for territory.
▪ Interestingly neither of these two people were sociologists, though sociologists have carried out participant studies amongst homosexuals and criminal gangs.
▪ Mr Samra said both men were wanted for involvement with criminal gangs in Bombay.
▪ The police have also taken on the football hooligans, the hippies, and the criminal gangs.
▪ The reason for the affray is unclear, though a police spokesman played down any suggestion of feuding between criminal gangs.
▪ Like all criminal gangs, Famlio specializes in profiting from human weaknesses such as pleasure, greed and fear.
old
▪ The youth charged in his murder was a 16-year-#old black gang member from the Newhallville section of New Haven.
▪ The old gangs proved more efficient than the newcomers.
▪ He had not seen her for three years, but meeting all the old gang again had rekindled his curiosity.
▪ Others, however, find that an older generation of gang members has been beneficial in keeping younger kids from joining gangs.
▪ There, for years, to the peak of Paradise, we resorted every day, the old gang.
▪ Some of the old Showtime gang will surely attend.
rival
▪ Looking out over the crowd, I could see members of rival gangs.
▪ The school is in the thick of a war zone between two rival gangs.
▪ Martinez was convicted of ordering the murder of rival gang member Richard Serrano at a Montebello auto body shop in November 1998.
▪ The violence began outside a chip shop when rival gangs clashed.
▪ His life is devoted to fights with rival gangs, stabbing, mugging, drinking and taking drugs.
▪ Boys would come from as far away as Shepherd's Bush and Bayswater to play on it between fighting rival gangs.
▪ The film is about rival immigrant gangs vying for control of 1850s New York.
whole
▪ He had everything he needed to arrest the whole gang.
▪ In an instant the whole gang of flashing boys swept in.
▪ Their duty done, the whole gang ran as fast as possible back to the engine and gathered in the cab.
▪ The whole gang became a bright and then a brighter set of luminous forms.
▪ There was a whole gang of us who went out together at the weekends.
▪ See you later with the whole gang, right?
▪ We would keep surveillance and follow the person who collects it, hoping to apprehend the whole gang and rescue Fontaine.
■ NOUN
activity
▪ President Clinton promptly announced a law to crack down on juvenile criminals and a new computer database to track gang activity.
▪ Although the school is virtually gang-free, most of its students live in the Mission area and encounter gang activity every day.
▪ Tracy Thompson grew up in Skyline, where gang activity was strong.
chain
▪ He did a stint on a chain gang, and he became a professional boxer for a while.
▪ Citizens have loved his reintroduction of the chain gang and the Army-surplus tents he erected to ease jail overcrowding.
▪ Tethered like a chain gang, the herd is led away between koonkies.
fight
▪ A religious pilgrimage ended with three men being stabbed in a gang fight on a beach.
leader
▪ Malvin Antario looks like a gang leader from Los Angeles.
▪ Alfred, a gang leader, had never been to college and was already married with a child on the way.
▪ A gang leader could hope to rise up the hierarchy of a hive.
▪ He was a gang leader, the most resourceful designer and executor of all manner of dangerous fun.
▪ The gang leader will share the balance of the payment either equally or by an agreed formula between the core members.
▪ Within two weeks gang leader Michael McAvoy and Brian Robinson were behind bars after a suspect cracked.
life
▪ She explains why these girls need love, direction, education, a way out of the lures of gang life.
▪ Pedro went on to describe the rhythm of gang life.
▪ Riccy was born into a gang life that has sent both his father and brother to prison for murder.
▪ After 2 1 / 2 years of gang life, Dee got pregnant.
member
▪ The gang members moved down the alley, their guns loaded and ready.
▪ The gang members, the hit men in here are at the top of their tree.
▪ In that time he has said 27 funeral masses for gang members who had died at gunpoint.
▪ Knight has repeatedly denied ever being a gang member.
▪ Brown received much heat for his proposal last month that gang members patrol the 14 Mission line.
▪ He later said the plan was to recruit former gang members and other neighborhood youths.
problem
▪ The governor also expects increases in funding for K-12 education to have a long-term positive effect on gang problems, Tremblay said.
rape
▪ It follows Operation Orchid, a police investigation into missing boys after a gang rape murder in London.
▪ Often, they said, a captive woman would try to attach herself to one leader to avoid repeated gang rape.
street
▪ They asked: were there really no girls in youth cultures and street gangs or had sociological accounts made them invisible?
war
▪ His father's death touched off a minor gang war.
▪ Somebody in the rackets gets a bullet in him, people holler gang war.
warfare
▪ They become so excited during this gang warfare that humans can approach them much more closely than at other times.
▪ As you see, the perfect recipe for gang warfare.
▪ Dexter's interest lies not in gang warfare, but in the character of Peter Flood.
▪ By 2015, bitter enmities played themselves out in gang warfare, narcotics traffic, and addiction.
▪ This was gang warfare of a thoroughly nasty kind.
▪ This was no jailhouse rock, this was gang warfare.
▪ The gang warfare ripping through the shanties is fuelled by what has replaced politics after Aristide: prostitution, drugs and ritual.
▪ Black and Latino Angelenos living in this area experienced joblessness, gang warfare, urban blight.
youth
▪ At nine, Pedro joined one of the youth gangs in the neighborhood.
■ VERB
arm
▪ Against a background of murder and intimidation, armed gangs of young men took over.
▪ Another armed gang made off with £4,500 from the Holywood branch of the Credit Union at the end of November.
involve
▪ Witness intimidation in cases involving gangs and drugs has been hampering many criminal prosecutions, the Justice Department report said.
▪ She was a nice girl, but she was involved in gangs.
join
▪ The authorities fail to offer prisoners protection from being attacked by others; joining the gang offers this protection.
▪ For his class, he seeks high school seniors who may be at risk of joining gangs.
▪ But after escaping to join another gang, Devi carried out a singular form of retribution.
▪ Others, however, find that an older generation of gang members has been beneficial in keeping younger kids from joining gangs.
▪ In London he had joined gangs who had thrown rotten tomatoes, eggs or whatever was at hand into Salvation Army meetings.
▪ Riccy recalls the first time he asked to join a gang.
▪ He pressed me to join his gang.
▪ And joining Spike's gang doesn't come cheap.
meet
▪ I've tae meet the gang at Kenmore Street the noo.
▪ They met the gang of shepherds going west and all went in together and knelt down at the manger.
▪ He had not seen her for three years, but meeting all the old gang again had rekindled his curiosity.
set
▪ Julie Jones was taking five-month-old Steffine to her grandmother's house when she was set upon by a gang of four men.
▪ Once he had seen a girl set upon by a gang of other girls on a descending escalator.
▪ Appleton has now set up a gang task force.
stop
▪ It is even possible that gang infiltration can be stopped.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a motorcycle gang
▪ Fighting broke out between two rival gangs.
▪ Inner-city kids often join gangs for protection, and for the chance to make money by selling drugs.
▪ It is not just gang members who get into trouble - it's middle-class and upper-class kids as well.
▪ Police say an armed gang stole nearly $1.9 million in a bank robbery over the weekend.
▪ Several gang members have been questioned about the shooting.
▪ She went with Sarah and Jacquie and the gang.
▪ There are always gangs of kids hanging around the shopping mall.
▪ Warning: gangs of pickpockets operate in this area.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But he was really his own gang.
▪ Detectives yesterday carried out house-to-house enquiries in the hope of tracking the gang.
▪ If it was a member of Connelly's gang it made no sense, yet who else would know about the shipment?
▪ Jesse Wood, 15, was kicked and slashed by a drunken gang at Richmond, London, last Christmas.
▪ Police believe it was taken by a professional gang of at least four, stealing to order.
▪ This is the guy who, in the first half, was moving as gracefully and quickly as an Alabama chain gang.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
up
▪ Now, however, there are worrying signs that the two biggest firms are ganging up on the rest.
▪ They were ganging up the patrols where they had had some action.
▪ Sometimes friends gang up on you.
▪ Why did genes choose to gang up and make large bodies for themselves to live in?
▪ Why did genes gang up in cells?
▪ Why did cells gang up in many-celled bodies?
▪ The Harpies are vicious, hungry creatures who will gang up on any isolated individual.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ All your recurrent fears of the world ganging up on you came to the surface, and you ran away.
▪ First then, why did genes gang up in cells?
▪ Now, however, there are worrying signs that the two biggest firms are ganging up on the rest.
▪ Sometimes friends gang up on you.
▪ Why did genes choose to gang up and make large bodies for themselves to live in?
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Gang

Gang \Gang\ (g[a^]ng), v. i. [AS. gangan, akin to OS. & OHG. gangan, Icel. ganga, Goth. gaggan; cf. Lith. [zdot]engti to walk, Skr. ja[.n]gha leg. [root]48. Cf. Go.] To go; to walk.

Note: Obsolete in English literature, but still used in the North of England, and also in Scotland.

Gang

Gang \Gang\, n. [Icel. gangr a going, gang, akin to AS., D., G., & Dan. gang a going, Goth. gaggs street, way. See Gang, v. i.]

  1. A going; a course. [Obs.]

  2. A number going in company; hence, a company, or a number of persons associated for a particular purpose; a group of laborers under one foreman; a squad; as, a gang of sailors; a chain gang; a gang of thieves.

  3. A combination of similar implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set; as, a gang of saws, or of plows.

  4. (Naut.) A set; all required for an outfit; as, a new gang of stays.

  5. [Cf. Gangue.] (Mining) The mineral substance which incloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue.

  6. A group of teenagers or young adults forming a more or less formalized group associating for social purposes, in some cases requiring initiation rites to join; as, a teen gang; a youth gang; a street gang.

    Note: Youth gangs often associate with particular areas in a city, and may turn violent when they feel their territory is encroached upon. In Los Angeles the Crips and the Bloods are large gangs antagonistic to each other.

  7. A group of persons organized for criminal purposes; a criminal organization; as, the Parker gang. Gang board, or Gang plank. (Naut.)

    1. A board or plank, with cleats for steps, forming a bridge by which to enter or leave a vessel.

    2. A plank within or without the bulwarks of a vessel's waist, for the sentinel to walk on.

      Gang cask, a small cask in which to bring water aboard ships or in which it is kept on deck.

      Gang cultivator, Gang plow, a cultivator or plow in which several shares are attached to one frame, so as to make two or more furrows at the same time.

      Gang days, Rogation days; the time of perambulating parishes. See Gang week (below).

      Gang drill, a drilling machine having a number of drills driven from a common shaft.

      Gang master, a master or employer of a gang of workmen.

      Gang plank. See Gang board (above).

      Gang plow. See Gang cultivator (above).

      Gang press, a press for operating upon a pile or row of objects separated by intervening plates.

      Gang saw, a saw fitted to be one of a combination or gang of saws hung together in a frame or sash, and set at fixed distances apart.

      Gang tide. See Gang week (below).

      Gang tooth, a projecting tooth. [Obs.]
      --Halliwell.

      Gang week, Rogation week, when formerly processions were made to survey the bounds of parishes.
      --Halliwell.

      Live gang, or Round gang, the Western and the Eastern names, respectively, for a gang of saws for cutting the round log into boards at one operation.
      --Knight.

      Slabbing gang, an arrangement of saws which cuts slabs from two sides of a log, leaving the middle part as a thick beam.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
gang

1856, from gang (n.). Related: Ganged; ganging. To gang up (on) is first attested 1919.

gang

from Old English gang "a going, journey, way, passage," and Old Norse gangr "a group of men, a set," both from Proto-Germanic *gangaz (cognates: Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Danish, Dutch, Old High German, German gang, Old Norse gangr, Gothic gagg "act of going"), from PIE root *ghengh- "to step" (cognates: Sanskrit jangha "shank," Avestan zanga- "ankle," Lithuanian zengiu "I stride"). Thus not considered to be related to go.\n

\nThe sense evolution is probably via meaning "a set of articles that usually are taken together in going" (mid-14c.), especially a set of tools used on the same job. By 1620s this had been extended in nautical speech to mean "a company of workmen," and by 1630s the word was being used, with disapproving overtones, for "any band of persons traveling together." Gangway preserves the original sense of the word, as does gangplank.

Wiktionary
gang

Etymology 1 vb. (context intransitive chiefly UK dialectal Northern England Scotland English) To go; walk; proceed. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context now chiefly dialectal English) A going, journey; a course, path, track. 2 A number going in company; a number of friends or persons associated for a particular purpose. 3 A group of laborers under one foreman; a squad. 4 (context US English) A criminal group with a common cultural background and identifying features, often associated with a particular section of a city. 5 A group of criminals or alleged criminals who band together for mutual protection and profit, or a group of politicians united in furtherance of a political goal. 6 (context US English) A chain gang. 7 A combination of similar tools or implements arranged so as, by acting together, to save time or labor; a set. 8 A set; all required for an outfit. 9 (context electrics English) A number of switches or other electrical devices wired into one unit and covered by one faceplate. 10 (context electrics English) A group of wires attached as a bundle. 11 (context mining English) The mineral substance which encloses a vein; a matrix; a gangue. vb. (context intransitive English) To band together as a group or gang. Etymology 3

vb. (eye dialect of gan English)

WordNet
gang
  1. n. an association of criminals; "police tried to break up the gang"; "a pack of thieves" [syn: pack, ring, mob]

  2. an informal body of friends; "he still hangs out with the same crowd" [syn: crowd, crew, bunch]

  3. an organized group of workmen [syn: crew, work party]

  4. tool consisting of a combination of implements arranged to work together

gang

v. act as an organized group [syn: gang up]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Gang

A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends or family with identifiable leadership and internal organization, identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or illegal behavior. Some criminal gang members are " jumped in" or have to prove their loyalty by committing acts such as theft or violence. A member of a gang may be called a gangster or a thug.

Gang (disambiguation)

A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals who share a common identity.

Gang may also refer to:

Gang (film)

Gang is a 2000 Bollywood crime film directed by Mazhar Khan. The film stars Nana Patekar, Kumar Gaurav, Javed Jaffrey, Jackie Shroff and Juhi Chawla in pivotal roles. The film began production in the early 1990s and was delayed for many years. The director Mazhar Khan died two years before the film's release.

Gang (song)

"Gang" is the seventeenth single by Japanese artist Masaharu Fukuyama. It was released on March 28, 2001.

Usage examples of "gang".

He saw Darryl Adin and his gang training the Gellesenians in guerrilla warfare, hoping to make the price of taking the planet too high in Konor lives.

I hae mair ado than I can manage the day, foreby ganging to houk up hunder-year-auld-banes.

Janet, gang na to see: Ye left a chair afore the fire, Whaur I tauld ye nae chair sud be.

A gang of men, pretending to be agitators, bomb or burn every, factory and mine which attempts to start operations, and terrorize all men who want to go back to work.

Late one night, Aiken and a gang of young confederates stole quantities of cement and conduit and modified the rocks at the rim of the falls.

When they had made their tallies other gangs of seamen rolled the great barrels down to the beach and loaded them into the largest pinnace to be taken out to the galleon, which lay anchored out in the channel, under her new mainmast and rigging.

Two horses, a pair of riders, surrounded by the gang of aqueduct workers who had abandoned their evening meal to listen to what was happening.

That evened things up a little both soldiers and gang bangers had targets now.

As soon as we have that opened, you can take a gang and run over to Barathrum and grab your spaceport.

So chained by the necks in gangs of twenty they marched to the city of Constantine, where Smith was delivered over to the mistress of the Bashaw, the young Charatza Tragabigzanda.

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The second was a seventeen-year-old who was the ringleader of the gang, a vile bigot who earlier had fired a shot into the home of the couple.

The Aliens Motorcycle Club is a badass New York City biker gang with chapters in Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan in the 1960s.

One biker calls law enforcement agencies around the country and says he is a police officer riding undercover with an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Among the exhibits were such strange items as a small cannon that fired beer cans filled with concrete: it had once belonged to a bikie gang, we were told.