press-gang - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlepress-ganging
past tensepress-ganged
past participlepress-ganged
  1. 1
    informal to force someone into doing something that they do not want to do

    I’ve been press-ganged into helping John build the shed.

  2. 2
    in the past, to force someone to join the armed forces