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G-man

Line breaks: G-man
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒiːman
 
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Definition of G-man in English:

noun

1US informal An FBI agent.
[ 1930s: probably an abbreviation of Government man]
Example sentences
  • The violence problem was overcome with relative ease by shifting from one side of the law to the other, from gangsters to G-men as the agents of male power and authority.
  • Not only was he the biggest mystery in the biggest political scandal of the last century, he was a star G-man during the FBI's glory days during the J. Edgar Hoover era.
  • But in addition to the G-man at the door, another agent stood off to one side.
2Irish A political detective.
[ early 20th century: perhaps an arbitrary use of G]
Example sentences
  • Napolitano, who headed the crew Pistone infiltrated, disappeared on August 17, 1981 - one month after the G-man ended his assignment.
  • This collection serves as the introduction collection to beat all introduction collections on the G-man.
  • Michael Collins' best remembered military achievement was the surveillance and assassination of the 13 G-men in the other ‘Bloody Sunday’ which is still a text book example in the literature of insurrection and guerilla war.

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