Antedating of "Hijack" / "Hijacking"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Feb 13 00:47:50 UTC 2013

At 2/12/2013 12:15 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>OED has yet to take advantage of this rich vein of research.
>Pilfer > steal > rob >  take unlawful control of > take control of (a
>political movement or party) and point in a radical new direction.

Neat summary, and what I was struggling to articulate.  I'm only
disappointed that the original "jack" pilfered was zinc and not money
(1890 & ff).


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