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muscleman

[muhs-uh l-man] /ˈmʌs əlˌmæn/
noun, plural musclemen.
1.
Informal. a man with a muscular or brawny physique, especially a bodybuilder.
2.
Slang. a bodyguard, especially one hired to intimidate others, often by strong-arm methods.
Origin of muscleman
1925-1930
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30; muscle + man1
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British Dictionary definitions for muscle-man

muscleman

/ˈmʌsəlˌmæn/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a man with highly developed muscles
2.
a henchman employed by a gangster to intimidate or use violence upon victims
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Word Origin and History for muscle-man
n.

1929, originally "an underworld enforcer;" sense of "strong man" first attested 1952; from muscle (n.) + man (n.).

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