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enforcer

[en-fawr-ser, -fohr-] /ɛnˈfɔr sər, -ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
a person or thing that enforces.
2.
the member of a group, especially of a gang, charged with keeping dissident members obedient.
3.
a person, especially a public official, who enforces laws, regulations, rules, or the like.
4.
Also called policeman. Ice Hockey. a physically intimidating or willingly belligerent player who is counted on to retaliate when rough tactics are used by the opposing team.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; enforce + -er1
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Word Origin and History for enforcer
n.

1570s, agent noun from enforce. Meaning "intimidator" is from 1934, U.S. underworld slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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enforcer

noun

A person, esp a gangster, hockey player, or other athlete assigned to intimidate and punish opponents; policeman (1930s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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