As verbs the difference between hijack and shanghai
is that hijack
is to forcibly stop and seize control of some vehicle in order to rob it or to reach a destination (especially an airplane, truck or a boat) while shanghai
is to force or trick (someone) into joining a ship which is lacking a full crew.
As nouns the difference between hijack and shanghai
is that hijack
is an instance of hijacking; the illegal seizure of a vehicle while shanghai
is a slingshot.
As a proper noun Shanghai is
a major port city in eastern China.
* hi-jack, highjack
To forcibly stop and seize control of some vehicle in order to rob it or to reach a destination (especially an airplane, truck or a boat).
To seize control of some process or resource to achieve a purpose other than its originally intended one.
(computing) To seize control of a networked computer by means of infecting it with a worm or other malware, thereby turning it into a zombie.
(computing) To change software settings without a user's knowledge so as to force that user to visit a certain web site (to hijack a browser ).
(politics) To introduce an amendment deleting the contents of a bill and inserting entirely new provisions.
An instance of hijacking; the illegal seizure of a vehicle.
An instance of a seizure and redirection of a process.
(politics) An amendment which deletes the contents of a bill and inserts entirely new provisions.
(poker slang) Preflop, the position two before the dealer.
From (etyl) , with reference to the former practice of forcibly crewing ships heading for the Orient.
To force or trick (someone) into joining a ship which is lacking a full crew.
* 1999 June 24, ‘The Resurrection of Tom Waits’, in Rolling Stone'', quoted in ''Innocent When You Dream , Orion (2006), page 256,
To abduct or coerce.
* 1974 September 30, ‘
- It was the strangest galley: the sounds, the steam, he's screaming at his coworkers. I felt like I'd been shanghaied .
Final Report on the Activities of the Children of God',
To commandeer; appropriate; hijack
- Oftentimes the approach is to shanghai an unsuspecting victim.
- Let's see if we can shanghai a room for a couple of hours.
From Scottish (m), from (etyl) (m), influenced by the Chinese city.
[Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English, by Eric Partridge, 2006, ]
*1985 , (Peter Carey), Illywhacker , Faber and Faber 2003, p. 206:
*:They scrounged around the camp […] and held out their filthy wings to the feeble sun, making themselves an easy target for Charles's shanghai .