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[gang-land, -luh nd] /ˈgæŋˌlænd, -lənd/
the world of organized crime; criminal underworld.
Origin of gangland
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15; gang1 + land Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Stace Morse—known in gangland as a man with every crime in the calendar to his credit, and prominent because of it!

  • He also was quite a celebrity in that gathering—Larry the Bat was of the aristocracy and the elite of gangland.

  • Then from the blasphemous mouth of the king of gangland there came a shriek of awful fear.

  • Fingers of steel had gripped his wrist and the king of gangland rolled over on him, twisting the gun from his hand.

  • And he himself was killed by the gangland of Fort Worth, Tex.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Here was music, dancing, drinking, gambling; just such a life as the hard working members of gangland demand while off duty.

    The Arrow of Fire

    Roy J. Snell
  • Among people of his own kind this youth, Jimmie McGowan, was known as the quickest trigger in all gangland.

    The Arrow of Fire

    Roy J. Snell
  • gangland differences were forgotten in the larger issue of the common weal.

British Dictionary definitions for gangland


/ˈɡæŋˌlænd; -lənd/
the criminal underworld
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gangland

1912, from gang (n.) + land (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gangland



: a gangland-style slaying/ gangland gorillas


The world of organized crime; the gangster milieu (1908+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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