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triggerman

[trig-er-muh n, -man] /ˈtrɪg ər mən, -ˌmæn/
noun, plural triggermen
[trig-er-muh n, -men] /ˈtrɪg ər mən, -ˌmɛn/ (Show IPA).
Informal.
1.
a gangster who specializes in gunning people down.
2.
a bodyguard, especially of a gangster.
Also called trigger.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; trigger + man1
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British Dictionary definitions for trigger man

triggerman

/ˈtrɪɡəˌmæn/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person, esp a criminal, who shoots another person
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Slang definitions & phrases for trigger man

trigger

noun

A gunman; hit man, trigger man: He's a trigger (1935+ Underworld)

verb
  1. To commit a robbery: Police said Sims has triggered dozens of holdups (1950s+)
  2. To initiate something; provoke something: My innocent remark triggered a strange reaction (1938+)
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