What is the difference between hijack and shanghai?
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 (dated) a slingshot.
* 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 .