As black-ops units go, it is about as thuggish and ruthless as is possible, without being a criminal organization.
Alexander Litvinenko had angered the Kremlin with repeated claims that Putin was running a thuggish and brutal regime.
The CIA-trained SAVAK was arguably the most thuggish secret police in history, with almost limitless powers.
I know a lot of black men who are poetic and philosophical get around the thuggish guys and feel inferior.
Women would refuse to go near any man with thuggish associations, for real—barely a thug could expect to get any action.
In interviews, a few students admitted to dabbling in drugs on campus, but said they never heard about thuggish dealers.
Bridgegate has revealed that the governor is as thuggish and corrupt as he seemed to opponents in 2009.
But the real situation is far more complex than the simple, thuggish gubernatorial action suggests.
Unsurprisingly, the thuggish Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was among the first, along with then-apartheid South Africa.
Rodriguez wrote a script that imagined Trejo, his thuggish muse in Desperado and Spy Kids, as a Mexican Charles Bronson.
1810, "member of a gang of murderers and robbers in India who strangled their victims," from Marathi thag, thak "cheat, swindler," Hindi thag, perhaps from Sanskrit sthaga-s "cunning, fraudulent," possibly from sthagayati "(he) covers, conceals," from PIE root *(s)teg- "cover" (see stegosaurus). Transferred sense of "ruffian, cutthroat" first recorded 1839. The more correct Indian name is phanseegur, and the activity was described in English as far back as c.1665. Rigorously prosecuted by the British from 1831, they were driven from existence, but the process extended over the rest of the 19c.