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highbinder

[hahy-bahyn-der]
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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.
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Origin of highbinder

1800–10, Americanism; apparently high + binder; literal sense is unclear
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Examples from the Web for highbinder

Historical Examples

  • Petey was highbinder of the gang that year and was very far gone in crime.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • Now I want you to tell me that Highbinder romance when I next meet you.

  • And twelve for Tessie, and eight for this highbinder on my knee, here!

  • The favorite weapon of the Highbinder is a long knife made of a file, with a brass knob and heavy handle.

  • Another favorite pastime of the Highbinder who is usually a loafer, is to levy blackmail on a wealthy Chinaman.


British Dictionary definitions for highbinder

highbinder

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
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Word Origin

C19: named after the High-binders, a New York city gang
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