hijack n : seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination [syn: highjack] v : take arbitrarily or by force; "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami" [syn: commandeer, highjack, pirate]
EtymologyThere are two folk etymologies:
- That it arose from someone wanting a lift on a truck calling "Hi, Jack" (the exclamation plus the name), until this was used often as a trick by robbers.
- That it comes from seamen who were robbed by prostitutes in former centuries in London. Prostitutes would call out "Hi, Jack" to passing sailors. Instead of receiving the services they expected, some sailors were instead robbed by an accomplice.
- To forcibly stop and seize control of some vehicle in order to rob it or to reach a destination.
- To seize control of a networked computer by means of infecting it with a worm or other malware, thereby turning it into a zombie.
- To change software settings without a user's knowledge so as to force that user to visit a certain web site (to hijack a browser).
seize control of a vehicle
Translationsinstance of hijacking
- Finnish: kaappaus
Hijacking means to take over by force. Hijacking may refer to:
In internet technology:
Hijacking may also refer to:
Derived usages, including tradenames
hijack in German: Hijacking
hijack in Spanish: Hijacking
hijack in Basque: Hijacking
hijack in Italian: Hijacker
hijack in Portuguese: Hijacker
hijack in Yiddish: הייזשעקונג