highbinder

[hahy-bahyn-der]
noun
1.
a swindler; confidence man; cheat.
2.
a dishonest political official or leader.
3.
a member of a secret Chinese band or society employed in U.S. cities in blackmail, assassination, etc.
4.
a ruffian or rowdy.

Origin:
1800–10, Americanism; apparently high + binder; literal sense is unclear

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highbinder (ˈhaɪˌbaɪndə)
 
n
1.  a gangster
2.  a corrupt politician
3.  (formerly) a member of a Chinese-American secret society that engaged in blackmail, murder, etc
 
[C19: named after the High-binders, a New York city gang]

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Pick was arrested and is under bunds, and a warrant is out for the highbinder.
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