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gang up on (one)

To band together and confront someone as a group or collective effort. 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!


References in classic literature ?
And, of course, Cheese- Face had picked on him again, and there was another fight that was indeterminate, because at quarter to four the door of the press- room was thrown open and the gang of boys crowded in to fold their papers.
And so he dragged himself to the ENQUIRER alley, sick in body and soul, but learning the long patience, to confront his eternal enemy, Cheese-Face, who was just as sick as he, and just a bit willing to quit if it were not for the gang of newsboys that looked on and made pride painful and necessary.
Between the acts he mustered his following - three fellows he knew from the nail works, a railroad fireman, and half a dozen of the Boo Gang, along with as many more from the dread Eighteen-and- Market Gang.
Eighth Street Bridge is the place," said a red-headed fellow belonging to Cheese-Face's Gang.
That's agreeable to me," Martin said, after consulting with the leaders of his own gang.
He saw in the gang of red-caps nothing but a crew of pirates burying their spoils, and his cupidity was once more awakened by the possibility of at length getting on the traces of some of this lurking wealth.
To follow up the course which the midnight gang had taken, however, was a harder task.
As to the gang, it will be within the memory of the public how completely the evidence which Holmes had accumulated exposed their organization, and how heavily the hand of the dead man weighted upon them.
A gang of French Canadians fell almost on top of him.
A gang of coiners, sir, discovered at Barkingham--in a house they used to call the Grange.
He must be going this journey to help the Bow Street officers to identify some one of our scattered gang of whom they were in pursuit.
The officer who commanded this gang very wisely concluded that his business was now to deliver his prisoner into the hands of the civil magistrate.
I suppose they thought I had got no end of a start; then they had made up their minds that I belonged to the gang, which was not so many miles away; and one of them had got as much as he could carry from that gang as it was.
But the city was thin, and I thought our trade felt it a little, as well as other; so that at the latter end of the year I joined myself with a gang who usually go every year to Stourbridge Fair, and from thence to Bury Fair, in Suffolk.
At the time appointed the draper sends the goods, and I placed one of our gang at the chamber door, and when the innkeeper's maid brought the messenger to the door, who was a young fellow, an apprentice, almost a man, she tells him her mistress was asleep, but if he would leave the things and call in about an hour, I should be awake, and he might have the money.