Antedating of "Hijacker"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Feb 13 03:56:18 UTC 2013

hijacker (OED 1923)

1916 _Kansas City Star_ 9 Jan. 7 (America's Historical Newspapers)  It is not against the law in Oklahoma to steal intoxicating liquors.  The "hi-jacker," therefore, is not breaking any law when he assumes the role of a highwayman.

Fred Shapiro

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