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highbinder

[hahy-bahyn-der] /ˈhaɪˌbaɪn dər/
noun
1.
a swindler; confidence man; cheat.
2.
a dishonest political official or leader.
3.
a member of a secret Chinese band or society employed in U.S. cities in blackmail, assassination, etc.
4.
a ruffian or rowdy.
Origin of highbinder
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism; apparently high + binder; literal sense is unclear
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highbinder

/ˈhaɪˌbaɪndə/
noun (US, informal)
1.
a gangster
2.
a corrupt politician
3.
(formerly) a member of a Chinese-American secret society that engaged in blackmail, murder, etc
Word Origin
C19: named after the High-binders, a New York city gang
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