press gang

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press gang

(formerly) a detachment of men used to press civilians for service in the navy or army
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Sankoh, head of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), had led a brutal rebellion against the government and was infamous for tactics like press-ganging children into his militia and hacking off the hands of thousands of civilians.
THE local BBC habit of seemingly press-ganging whoever's in the canteen to go on the TV has to stop.