shanghai (v.)

"to drug a man unconscious and ship him as a sailor," 1854, American English, from the practice of kidnapping to fill the crews of ships making extended voyages, such as to the Chinese seaport of Shanghai.


Chinese seaport, literally "by the sea," from Shang "on, above" + hai "sea." In 19c., a long-legged breed of hens, supposed to have come from there; hence U.S. slang senses relating to long, tall persons or things.

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Definitions of shanghai from WordNet
shanghai (v.)
take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship;
The men were shanghaied after being drugged
Synonyms: impress
Shanghai (n.)
the largest city of China; located in the east on the Pacific; one of the largest ports in the world;