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button man Line breaks: but¦ton man

Definition of button man in English:


North American informal
A hired killer: the Mafiosi conferred with their button men
More example sentences
  • She is afraid Pasquale will grow up to be a ‘button man’ like his father and wants a better life for him.
  • According to Gang Land, he was quite a button man in New Jersey.
  • It is widely known, for example, that Mafia button men rarely kill for money, but usually carry out such assassinations as a kind of ‘gotcha’ that keeps other underworld figures on their toes.
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