Top Definition
Being kidnapped by someone, usually sailors and/or pirates and forced to do sailor work through means of violence and intimidation.
"I'd like to file a police report, my friends were abducted by some sailors, they're being forced to do ship repairs and other stuff or else the sailors will kill 'em!"

"Sir, your friends have been 'shanghaied', we'll notify the Coast Guard."
by tahutoa May 19, 2015
Verb form of the word shanghai. The process of Shanghai-ing.
I just Shanghai-ed a lady's purse and took all her dough.
by Dr. P aka Chainsaw August 17, 2006
When you discover that something you ordered off the internet turns out to be a cheap, made in China piece of crap. Also, when something you own, that was made in China breaks way too early.
Taylor: "Dude, I ordered this expensive set of chef's knives from this website. But when I got them, they were all flimsy and had cheap plastic handles."
Grant: "Oh man, you got Shanghaied."
by Roy D. Mercer August 06, 2008
The process of your life changing when your in Shanghai.
"Dude, I went to China, and I got Shanghaied."
by sabfran February 06, 2006

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