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kingpin definition

  1. n.
    a major figure in organized crime. (Underworld. From the term for the front bowling pin in a triangular array of pins.) : The drug kingpins are well protected.
  2. n.
    a boss. : My uncle is the kingpin in this organization.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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