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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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Press gangs targeted men from the North East because of the high numbers of experienced mariners engaged in the region's coal and whaling trades.
PRESS GANGED Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher ALMOST READY Jane has her make-up fixed
However, when Press Gang ended he struggled to cope after being cosseted and having all his financial interests taken care of by his mother.
He went through a period of "self destruction" in his 20s, after Press Gang had ended.
Blue singer Simon co-stars in the movie alongside James Floyd (The Infidel), Adam Deason (4.3.2.1), and Dexter Fletcher of Press Gang fame.
Julia landed her first break when she starred in the children's TV series Press Gang.
In the early 19th century, 11-year-old Sam Robbins is kidnapped by a"press gang" to serve in the British Royal Navy.
The world has become more civilised since, but I'd be glad to see a modern day Press Gang raiding the street and pubs to carry off to Iraq and Afghanistan those young layabouts who do no work, live on benefits, soil their neighbourhoods and act as if the world owes them a living.
In the mid-'90s, independent feminist and queer presses like Press Gang, Firebrand or Kitchen Table were publishing lots of new books a year, many by queer women of color.
Radcliffe pere's table did rather better than your correspondent's lot, the so-called "Press Gang," though yours truly was able to provide the capital of Florida to a room full of Brits.
A decade ago, the publishing landscape included feminist and lesbian publishers such as Press Gang in Vancouver, Women's Press in Toronto and Gynergy Press in Prince Edward Island.
And John Edmonds, general secretary of the GMB, said: "We are not going to stand by and allow the government to press gang millions of public sector employees into working until they drop."