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English definition of “shanghai”

shanghai

verb [T] uk   /ˌʃæŋˈhaɪ/ informal us  
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   /ˌʃæŋˈhaɪ/ /ˈʃæŋ.haɪ/ Australian English us  
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
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