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gang up on (one)

To band together and confront one as a group or collective effort, typically for some end. The kids ganged up on me and convinced me to get pizza for dinner. A bunch of the bigger kids ganged up on me after school and stole my money.
See also: gang, on, up

gang up

To unite or band together for some common goal. All of the schools in our town will gang up to clean up local parks on Earth Day.
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gang up against (someone or something)

To unite or band together against some common enemy or problem. My friends and I are going to gang up against that bully who was stealing all the little kids' money.
See also: gang, up

best-laid plans of mice and men oft(en) go astray,

 and best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley.
Prov. Things often go wrong even though you have carefully planned what you are going to do. (The gang aft a-gley version is Scots dialect, and comes from Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse.") Jill: I reserved a hotel room for us three weeks ago, but now the clerk says he has no record of our reservation. So much for our fun weekend in the city. Jane: Well, these things happen. The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray. I had all the arrangements made for my party, and then the guest of honor got sick and I had to call the whole thing off. The best-laid schemes of mice and men gang aft a-gley. If a little rain can ruin the best-laid plans of mice and men, think what an earthquake might do!
See also: and, astray, men, mice, of, oft, plan

gang up (on someone)

to form into a group and attack someone. (Usually a physical attack, but it can also be a verbal attack.) We can't win against the robber unless we gang up on him. All right, you guys, don't gang up on me. Play fair!
See also: gang, up

gang up

1. Also, gang up with. Act together as a group. For example, The residents ganged up to make the neighborhood safer. [Colloquial; c. 1920]
2. gang up on or against . Join in opposition or attack against, as in The big kids were always ganging up on the little ones, or They all ganged up against the substitute teacher. [1920s]
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gang up

1. To join together to attack or address some problem or issue: The various police agencies ganged up to fight the illegal drug trade.
2. gang up on To join together to bother, harm, or attack someone or something: The older children were always ganging up on the little ones.
3. gang up against To join together in opposition to someone or something: Whenever one corporation became too powerful, the others ganged up against it.
See also: gang, up


1. and gang-shag n. an act of serial copulation, with one female and a group of males. It was nothing but a gang-bang, and a drunken one at that.
2. and gang-shag n. group rape of a woman. There was another gang-bang in the park last week.
3. in. & in. to perform an act of serial copulation, as in senses 1 or 2. A bunch of guys gang-banged Sally, for a fee, of course.
4. tv. & in. to gang up on someone or something. They’re always gang-banging. The punks!


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A further case confirms that although rival gangs fought to establish the collective supremacy of one gang over another, individual reputations for scuttling prowess were also fiercely contested.
Nor was a chain gang sentence limited to those convicted of petty crimes.
Gang tracks the impact of the dirty secret Rene thinks he shares with Reine over a period of nine years, from 1967 to 1976.
The increased police presence in the Valley ought to reverse the spike in gang violence -- 160 percent last year in the Mission Division, more than 40 percent Valley-wide -- but it won't make a difference over time unless dramatic other steps are taken.
Following the paraphernalia will lead investigators directly to the nerve center of the gang.
The majority of the detainees are gang members, and most are black or Latino.
What apparently cleaned up the park and reduced the presence of the Canoga Park Alabama gang was the 2002 court injunction filed by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and enforced by the Los Angeles Police Department and neighborhood prosecutors.
How to define a youth gang is one of the most contentious issues in the field of youth crime.
The 50 Valley officers will fan out across the region to target high-crime areas like Pacoima, North Hills and Mission Hills, where gang crimes have skyrocketed over the past year.
In this perspective, a crack down was launched from March 1 to April 24 during which 30 different gangs have been busted and arrested their 90 members.
With Araujo's inclusion, there are now three Valley gang members on the most wanted list, drawn up recently to draw public attention to rising gang crime in Los Angeles.
The focal gang for many of these chapters is the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN), the noted gang featured in numerous news stories and a recent documentary by award-winning director Jon Alpert.
Contreras ran with Lote maravilla for 22 years, devoting 11 and a half of them to advanced gang studies, courtesy of the California penal system.
In 1966, as a reward for arranging a gang truce with the Eastside Disciples, the Rangers were provided with a $972,000 federal grant for "job training" programs through the (now defunct) Office of Economic Opportunity.