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Black Hand

Italian La Mano Nera. any of various secret criminal groups organized in Italy and operating in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, practicing blackmail and violence.
an anarchistic society in Spain, suppressed in 1883.
a nationalistic society in Serbia, suppressed in 1914.
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Blackhander, noun Unabridged
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  • She pushed aside the Black Hand which in kindness would have detained her.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • He made a snatch at the biscuit, but down came the spoon on his Black Hand.

    King o' the Beach George Manville Fenn
  • Not until a Black Hand was laid on her shoulder did she turn, to see that Durgo was in the hut with Cyril behind him.

    The Solitary Farm Fergus Hume
  • How would you like to tackle a bit of Black Hand investigation?

    The Young Railroaders Francis Lovell Coombs
  • The sight of the Black Hand on their throats now roused his righteous indignation.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • He's a foreigner, you know; maybe he b'longs to the Black Hand.

    Much Ado About Peter Jean Webster
  • Their one notion is to get busy with their firearms, and people are getting tired of the Black Hand stunt.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • Much like a Black Hand design as illustrated in the evening papers.

    Ashton Kirk, Secret Agent John T. McIntyre
  • Guess he wondered what it all meant, and if he was marked for a Black Hand victim.

  • When he recognized the mother, he stopped and smiled and stroked his beard with his Black Hand.

    Mother Maksim Gorky
British Dictionary definitions for Black Hand

Black Hand

a group of Sicilian blackmailers and terrorists formed in the 1870s and operating in the US in the early 20th century
(in 19th-century Spain) an organization of anarchists
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Black Hand

Italian immigrant secret society in U.S., 1904; earlier a Spanish anarchist society, both from the warning mark they displayed to potential victims.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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