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gangland

[gang-land, -luh nd] /ˈgæŋˌlænd, -lənd/
noun
1.
the world of organized crime; criminal underworld.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; gang1 + land
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  • gangland killings among drug mafias are a frightening novelty.
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British Dictionary definitions for gangland

gangland

/ˈɡæŋˌlænd; -lənd/
noun
1.
the criminal underworld
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Word Origin and History for gangland
n.

1912, from gang (n.) + land (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for gangland

gangland

modifier

: a gangland-style slaying/ gangland gorillas

noun

The world of organized crime; the gangster milieu (1908+)


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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