A violent young troublemaker, typically one of a gang.
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- Residents are being driven out of their homes by young yobs and hooligans who are making their lives a misery.
- We should not be surprised that our increasingly ignorant society produces football hooligans and vandals.
- There was nothing unusual about any of this and no doubt the hooligan gangs of both clubs were eager for more trouble after the game.
late 19th century: perhaps from Hooligan, the surname of a fictional rowdy Irish family in a music-hall song of the 1890s, also of a character in a cartoon.
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- Why is it difficult for them to understand that violence and other forms of hooliganism will not provide solutions to their problems?
- We have problems such as graffiti, loutish behaviour, football hooliganism, rampant drug abuse and teenage pregnancies.
- But the new law also extends to a wide range of offences, including sports hooliganism and malicious damage.