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The tendency of people to adopt or be influenced by the urges, behaviors, or inclinations of their peers, often in contrast to or in spite of their feelings as individuals. We're all indoctrinated to just accept and embrace these policies, for fear of becoming social pariahs. But I refuse to succumb to the gang mentality that's dictating public opinion these days. As individuals, we can be completely rational in our decision-making, but our emotional responses, combined with a desire to fit in with those around us, creates a dangerous gang mentality that can lead to violent behavior.
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.
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.
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.
Successful. Oh, presenting the case to the students was gangbusters—they got totally engrossed in trying to the solve the mystery.
See also: gangbuster
1. verb, vulgar slang For several people to engage in sexual intercourse with one person, either at once or in succession.
2. verb, offensive slang To rape a person with several other perpetrators; to perpetrate a gang rape. This usage is considered offensive due to likening an instance of rape with a consensual act.
3. noun, vulgar slang An instance in which several people engage in sexual intercourse with one person, either at once or in succession.
4. noun, offensive slang A rape by multiple perpetrators; a gang rape. This usage is considered offensive due to likening an instance of rape with a consensual act.
the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley
proverb Said when something ends poorly or differently than expected, despite preparations for success. It comes from Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse," which itself is a play on the proverb "the best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray." ("Gang aft a-gley" means "go oft astray" in Scottish vernacular.) I always thought our marriage was stable and that we'd be together forever. I guess it's true what they say, though—the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley. A: "I've been working on this project for six months, and now, right before it's due, they tell me they want something completely different." B: "That's rough. The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a-gley, I suppose."
the gang's all here
cliché Said of a group of people that share a common connection and have been assembled together, especially as a kind of reunion. The grand finale gathers all the fan-favorite characters of the show together for one final adventure. Mr. Blizzard, Starlight Pixie, King Roger—the gang's all here! A: "Now that the gang's all here, tell us about your wedding plans, Alyssa!" B: "Well, for starters, I definitely want you guys—and some of our other college friends—to be there!"
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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!
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!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
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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!
n. a wild, busy, and successful event. (see also like gangbusters.) Our party was truly gangbusters, for sure.
See also: gangbuster
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