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homework | shanghai |

As a noun homework

is work that is done at home, especially school exercises set by a teacher.

As a proper noun shanghai is




  • Work that is done at home, especially school exercises set by a teacher.
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  • Preliminary or preparatory work, such as research.
  • Usage notes

    The term is generally used to refer to primary or secondary school assignments as opposed to college-level coursework.

    See also

    * busy work * schoolwork



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) , with reference to the former practice of forcibly crewing ships heading for the Orient.


    (en verb)
  • 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,
  • It was the strangest galley: the sounds, the steam, he's screaming at his coworkers. I felt like I'd been shanghaied .
  • To abduct or coerce.
  • * 1974 September 30, ‘ Final Report on the Activities of the Children of God',
  • Oftentimes the approach is to shanghai an unsuspecting victim.
  • To commandeer; appropriate; hijack
  • Let's see if we can shanghai a room for a couple of hours.
    * press-gang

    Etymology 2

    From Scottish (m), from (etyl) (m), influenced by the Chinese city.Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English, by Eric Partridge, 2006, p. 613


    (en noun)
  • A slingshot.
  • *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 .
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