gang

A gang is an association or group of criminals. Often, members of one gang will fight violently with another gang.

People join gangs for the sense of belonging, as well as for protection by other members. A gang usually claims an area as its territory and defends it against other gangs or unaffiliated criminals. You can also use gang for a group of friends or workers: "A whole gang of us went to the movies together." The Old English root, gang, means "journey." Today's definition comes from the idea of "a band of people traveling together."

Definitions of gang
  1. noun
    an association of criminals
    “police tried to break up the gang
    synonyms: mob, pack, ring
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    nest
    a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality
    youth gang
    a gang whose members are teenagers
    sleeper nest
    a nest of sleepers awaiting a prearranged signal
    type of:
    association
    a formal organization of people or groups of people
  2. noun
    an informal body of friends
    synonyms: bunch, crew, crowd
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    type of:
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  3. noun
    an organized group of workmen
    synonyms: crew, work party
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    shift
    a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
    detail
    a crew of workers selected for a particular task
    chain gang
    a gang of convicts chained together
    ground crew, ground-service crew
    the crew of technicians and mechanics who service aircraft on the ground
    road gang
    a gang of road workers
    section gang
    a work crew assigned to a section of a railroad
    stage crew
    crew of workers who move scenery or handle properties in a theatrical production
    day shift, day watch
    workers who work during the day (as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
    evening shift
    workers who work during the evening (as 4 p.m. to midnight)
    graveyard shift, night shift
    workers who work during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)
    relay
    a crew of workers who relieve another crew
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    social unit, unit
    an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
  4. verb
    act as an organized group
    synonyms: gang up
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    type of:
    aggroup, group
    form a group or group together
  5. noun
    tool consisting of a combination of implements arranged to work together
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    tool
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
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