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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

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]
See also: gang, up

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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Curry and Decker indicate that most street gangs hold meetings, often on an irregular basis.
Other proposals -- such as identifying gangs and their leaders by name -- bucks traditional thinking.
He said that the busted gangs were included Khalid Mehmood gang, Shahzad gang, Ashraf Aodh gang, Naeem alias Naeem Street crime gang, Amir Zulifqar gang, Hamad Raza gang, Abdul Hameed alias Hameeda gang, Younis Khokhar gang, Abdul Hameed gang, Javed alias Jedi gang, Safdar alias Safdari gang, Rana Sunny gang, Arshad alias Haji gang, Rajo gang, Manzoor alias Munna gang, Ali Raza gang, Aslam alias Khana gang, Yasin Mayo gang, Baba Majeeda gang, Muhammad Kamran gang, Muhammad Kamran street crime gang, Kamran alias Kami gang, Gohar gang, Faiz Rasool alias Doctor gang, Shahid Akhtar gang, Javed Thaheem gang, Ramzan gang, Shahid Iqbal alias Bilo gang, Abdul Khaliq gang and Rafiq Pathan gang.
We're on the job," said Councilman Tony Cardenas, the council's ad hoc chairman on gangs.
The book's second and third sections continue the challenge to conventional thinking about gangs that is at the heart of this book.
You just can't walk away from the gangs, especially when you end up in a leadership position.
But if the terror network succeeds in turning our nation's street gangs into a "weapon of mass insurrection," urban warfare on the home front will become a horrifying reality.
Second, this book explains gangs by showing how social historical factors impacted cultural characteristics of working-class youth such as ethnicity and masculinity.
Criminologists and sociologists agree that gangs thrive by creating divisions within the larger community.
He noted there are three reported criminal gangs in an area he represents.
The Pocketguide to Gangs Across America and Their Symbols is an extremely useful book for anyone interested in obtaining information relating to gangs.
Humphries thus situated his analysis of street gangs within a broader discussion of class and ethnicity.
Let there be no mistake about it, there is an unambiguous historical connection between chain gangs and slavery.
NO need to applaud Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton's plan to deploy 50 more cops to the San Fernando Valley to quell gang violence.
Their inventory includes diluents, adulterants, and other products used by drug organizations to measure, separate, convert, dilute, adulterate, and package drugs in bulk quantities that drug gangs then sell.