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shanghai

verb [T] uk   us   /ˌʃæŋˈhaɪ/ informal
to force someone to do something or go somewhere: The two groups were shanghaied into signing the agreement, despite their objections. The homeless are being shanghaied off the streets in some cities.

shanghai

noun [C] uk   us   /ˌʃæŋˈhaɪ/ /ˈʃæŋ.haɪ/ Australian English
a Y-shaped stick or piece of metal with a piece of elastic (= material that stretches) attached to the top parts, used especially by children for shooting small stones
Translations of “shanghai”
in Chinese (Traditional) 強迫某人做某事或到某地…
in Chinese (Simplified) 强迫某人做某事或到某地…
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