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When do you use "gang" to refer to a group of people?

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Rebecca

The word "gang" can be used colloquially to refer to a group of one's friends. Its original meaning usually carries an implication of illegal or otherwise immoral activity, but it is used almost ironically to refer to one's friends in this context. The original, literal meaning can be understood as "organized group of criminals". Ex: Hey gang, let's work really hard today and finish all our tasks! (colloquial) Ex: A gang of teenagers has vandalized the local bank. (original, literal meaning)

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