verb (used with or without object), noun
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to engage in such stealing or seizing.
an act or instance or hijacking.
a less common spelling of hijack
(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.
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]
[hahy-jak-er] /ˈhaɪˌdʒæk ər/ noun 1. . [hahy-jak-er] /ˈhaɪˌdʒæk ər/ noun 1. a person who .
noun, (used with a plural verb) Informal. 1. boisterous celebration or merrymaking; unrestrained fun: The city is full of conventioneers indulging in their usual high jinks. /ˈhaɪˌdʒɪŋks/ noun 1. lively enjoyment Related Terms hi-jinks noun Boisterous fun; uninhibited jollification; pranks and capers: the dashing hi-jinks of the Katzenjammer Kids/ The out-of-towner cuts the hijinks here […]
[hahy-juhmp] /ˈhaɪˌdʒʌmp/ verb (used without object) 1. to participate in the high jump; compete as a high jumper. verb (used with object) 2. to clear or attempt to clear (a specified height) in a high jump: a goal of high-jumping his own height. noun, Track. 1. a field event in which athletes, using a running […]
noun, Track. 1. a participant in the high jump.