enforcer

[en-fawr-ser, -fohr-]
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:
1570–80; enforce + -er1

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enforce (ɪnˈfɔːs)
 
vb
1.  to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
2.  to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
3.  to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)
 
en'forceable
 
adj
 
enforcea'bility
 
n
 
enforcedly
 
adv
 
en'forcement
 
n
 
en'forcer
 
n

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


  1. n.
    a bully; a thug or bodyguard. : Sam is the perfect enforcer. Meaner than all get out.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
If you appoint an anti-regulator as your enforcer, you know what kind of enforcement you'll get.
Law enforcer in the government did not bring this charge.
Strange dark energy acts as galactic diet enforcer.
These concepts provide a basis for code enforcer's correct use of the code in all facets of their jobs.
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