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verb [transitive] informal old-fashioned     shanghai pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participleshanghaiing
past tenseshanghaied
past participleshanghaied
  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 that needed men.

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