to steal (cargo) from a truck or other vehicle after forcing it to stop:
to hijack a load of whiskey.
to rob (a vehicle) after forcing it to stop:
They hijacked the truck before it entered the city.
to seize (a vehicle) by force or threat of force.
to engage in such stealing or seizing.
an act or instance or hijacking.
(transitive) to seize, divert, or appropriate (a vehicle or the goods it carries) while in transit: to hijack an aircraft
to rob (a person or vehicle) by force: to hijack a traveller
(esp in the US during Prohibition) to rob (a bootlegger or smuggler) of his illicit goods or to steal (illicit goods) in transit
the act or an instance of hijacking
1922, American English, perhaps from high(way) + jacker “one who holds up.” Originally “to rob (a bootlegger, smuggler, etc.) in transit;” sense of “seizing an aircraft in flight” is 1968 (also in 1961 variant skyjack), extended 1970s to any form of public transportation. Related: Hijacked; hijacking.
To rob, esp to rob a vehicle of its load: Hijack the truck (1923+)
To commandeer a public vehicle, esp an airliner, for some extortionary or political purpose: Two more planes were hijacked to Cuba last week (1960s+)
To appropriate unjustifiably; annex; steal: The 40th anniversary of D-day was hijacked by Reagan’s PR men/ When Petersen, the director, is stuck, he just hijacks an idea or two from Hitchcock to get him to the next point in the picture/ How was the Bharatiya Janata Party able to hijack Hinduism? (1980s+)
ball the jack
[origin uncertain; said to be fr the command High, Jack, telling a robbery victim to raise his hands; an early 1900s hobo sense, ”traveling hold-up man,” is attested, which suggests that the source may be railroad and hobo slang; said to have originated in the California wheat fields and among the Wobblies; the name of the 1875 skit High Jack the Heeler is interesting but probably coincidental]
any of certain compounds or medicines that neutralize or inhibit the effect of in the body, used chiefly in the treatment of allergic disorders and colds. Contemporary Examples Elvis also had the painkillers morphine and Demerol; tranquilizers Placidyl and Valium; and Chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine. Elvis’s Doctor Speaks Gerald Posner August 13, 2009 “He gave me […]
of or relating to an or its effect. an antihistaminic agent, as a drug. antihistaminic an·ti·his·ta·min·ic (ān’tē-hĭs’tə-mĭn’ĭk) adj. Tending to neutralize or antagonize the action of histamine or inhibit its production in the body. n. An antihistaminic drug.
of, pertaining to, treating, or characteristic of or past events: historical records; historical research. based on or reconstructed from an event, custom, style, etc., in the past: a historical reenactment of the battle of Gettysburg. having once existed or lived in the real world, as opposed to being part of legend or fiction or as […]
sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one’s own sex. Contemporary Examples homosexuality must be curable, it argues, since the Torah would not forbid something which is impossible to avoid. Gay Orthodox Jews Sue Over Therapy That Claims to ‘Cure’ Them Zoë Blackler November 26, 2012 In October, it will host […]