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hit man

noun, Slang.
1.
a hired killer, especially a professional killer from the underworld.
2.
hatchet man (def 3).
Also, hitman.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for hitman

hit man

noun
1.
(slang) a hired assassin, esp one employed by gangsters
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Word Origin and History for hitman
n.

"hired assassin," 1970, from hit (n.) in the underworld sense + man (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for hitman

hit man

noun phrase

An assassin, esp a professional killer; hired gun, mechanic: Like every professional hit man I've ever known, I've always used a gun/ A State Police detective, posing as a hired killer ''flown in as a hit man'' (1970+)


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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