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verb [transitive] informal old-fashioned shanghai pronunciation in British English /ˌʃæŋˈhaɪ/
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present tense
present participleshanghaiing
past tenseshanghaied
past participleshanghaied
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  1. 1
    to trick or force someone into doing something
    I don’t like being shanghaied when I’m searching for information on a topic that has nothing to do with me buying something.
  2. 2
    in the past, to force someone to join the crew of a ship
    Male customers were sometimes shanghaied onto ships who needed men.
  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to force or trick someone into doing something; kind of deceiving someone
    He shanghaied me into selling expired products.
    Submitted by biosterminator from Netherlands on 06/05/2013


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