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[trig-er-muh n, -man] /ˈtrɪg ər mən, -ˌmæn/
noun, plural triggermen
[trig-er-muh n, -men] /ˈtrɪg ər mən, -ˌmɛn/ (Show IPA).
a gangster who specializes in gunning people down.
a bodyguard, especially of a gangster.
Also called trigger.
Origin of triggerman
First recorded in 1920-25; trigger + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The mentally disturbed Seung-Hui Cho was the trigger man in the massacre at Virginia Tech; he gunned down 32 and wounded 17.

British Dictionary definitions for trigger man


noun (pl) -men
a person, esp a criminal, who shoots another person
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trigger man

noun phrase

A gunman; hit man, trigger (1920s+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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