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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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She said: "I didn't really think of Liverpool as being particularly cultural until I started doing Pressgang.
Pressgang (left): came up just short when last seen at Cheltenham in 2006
Last year Paul Webber saddled a four-year-old to go very close and Pressgang is reckoned to be at least as good as that one, De Soto.
De Soto finished a neck behind the Willie Mullins-trained Missed That in the 2005 renewal of the two-mile contest and Webber sends the once-raced Pressgang this time.
Transported to Camp David where he enjoys a daily routine of pizza and trashy TV, Reggie thinks his troubles have evaporated until Jake (Woody Harrelson), founder and sole member of the Turkey Freedom Front, kidnaps Reggie and pressgangs him into a top secret mission of the utmost importance.
When a new threat to global peace emerges, Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) from The Anti-Villain League stuns Gru with her lipstick taser and pressgangs him into working for the good guys to uncover the mastermind responsible for the theft of a top-secret serum.
Percy is abducted and the boy's father, Woodrow (Harrison Ford), vows to rescue his son and pressgangs Jake into the perilous mission.
Dickens gives us not only Oliver Twist but Fagin, the criminal ringleader who pressgangs Oliver into service.
Percy is abducted and the boy's powerful father, Woodrow (Harrison Ford), vows to rescue his son and he pressgangs Jake into accompanying his posse on the perilous mission.