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ringleader

[ring-lee-der] /ˈrɪŋˌli dər/
noun
1.
a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority, law, etc.:
a ringleader of revolutionary activities.
Origin of ringleader
1495-1505
1495-1505; ring1 + leader
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ringleader

/ˈrɪŋˌliːdə/
noun
1.
a person who leads others in any kind of unlawful or mischievous activity
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Word Origin and History for ringleader
n.

c.1500, from Middle English phrase to lead the ring (mid-14c.), probably from a medieval metaphor from dancing. See ring (n.1) + lead (v.1).

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