Before they cleaned themselves up, the Nevilles were thieves, thugs, and junkies.
Acts like voting for the candidate you like rather than the candidate with the most thugs.
In 1996 President Clinton signed the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act, which punished the thugs in Tehran and Tripoli.
The violence we have seen in Egypt so far has come from Mubarak and Suleiman and their thugs, not the Islamists.
He talks to Touré about pirates, and how U.S. “thugs” have nothing on him.
Maybe I can't fight half a dozen thugs of your gang, but I can handle you, all right, without any help!
Ned buzzed by, picked up two of the thugs, and hauled them off to the cells.
They were not thugs, they were neither sanguinary nor thievish.
The thugs lay in wait for the men with pokes from the "inside."
In the case of the thugs this was a pickaxe, but with the Dacoits it was an axe with a highly-tempered edge.
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.