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noun, plural G-men.
  1. an agent for the FBI.
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Origin of G-man

First recorded in 1920–25; probably representing Government man
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noun plural G-men
  1. US slang an FBI agent
  2. Irish a political detective
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Word Origin and History for g-man



"FBI agent," 1930, shortening of government man; used earlier in an Irish context (1917), but the abbreviation is perhaps the same one.

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