- a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority, law, etc.: a ringleader of revolutionary activities.
Origin of ringleader
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Examples from the Web for ringleader
Neither Ted Cruz—the ringleader of this entire effort—nor his allies have much to say.Finally! The Republican Fever Is Broken
October 16, 2013
Fingered by Prugo as the ringleader, Lee went to high school with Prugo at Indian Hills where she was voted “Best Dressed.”The Real Bling Ring: Where Are They Now?
May 21, 2013
To watch Marcus Mumford, the ringleader of the band, perform live is a sight to behold.Mumford & Sons Rock Brooklyn’s Barclays Center
February 7, 2013
I was very lucky that their ringleader lost his balance as he rammed his bicycle into my abdomen for the second time.To the Woman Warrior I Didn't Know
January 5, 2013
Each shoot must have been an insane photographic circus, with Avedon as the ruthless (and charming) ringleader.A Photographer's Circus
May 16, 2012
He was particularly set against me, as I had been ringleader in the cobbing.
I will not deny that I was a ringleader in this affair, though I know I had no other motive than escape.
Vallington, as the ringleader in this conspiracy, I call upon you for an answer.Breaking Away
At that speech, the red-faced man, who seemed to be the ringleader, eyed me narrowly.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
It was at Boston, the ringleader in rebellion, that the issue was to be tried.Tea Leaves
- a person who leads others in any kind of unlawful or mischievous activity
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Word Origin and History for ringleader
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