a member of a gang of criminals, especially a racketeer in an organized crime syndicate.
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How to use gangster in a sentence
Take away the gas in the gas station, and the gangsters have nothing to run their gang.A World Without Fossil Fuels Funding Our Enemies Would Be A Safer World for America | Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse | June 17, 2021 | Time
When the group officially launched in June 2013, however, it was with a hard style paying homage to old-school gangster rap.
Robert De Niro directs and doesn’t play a gangster in this one, which, though it has plenty of Hollywood sheen, is drawn from Chazz Palminteri’s real life.
He didn’t want to hear any more victims sobbing and grieving or be around any more gangsters, killers, sociopaths and lunatics.Joe Ide’s IQ series continues with the idiosyncratic marvel ‘Smoke’ | Maureen Corrigan | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Lewis’s death became a national news story, with headlines proclaiming that Chicago was back to its old gangster ways — the kind of bad press that made Daley irate.
In the neighborhoods they grow up in, prison is a rite of passage and being a street gangster is a viable career choice.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs | Seth Ferranti | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Are the guys from Vanity Fair and Time battling it out and trying to get gangster with each other?It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine | Alex Suskind | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was a shy art student who assumed a role as this hell-raising gangster rapper, and then got caught up in it.Method Man Talks Wu-Tang Clan Reunion, Fake Rappers, and the Suge Knight Shooting | Marlow Stern | September 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What Nucky Johnson was not was a gangster, though he did go to prison for a short stint, like Al Capone, for tax evasion.'Boardwalk Empire' Left New Jersey and Lost Its Way | Allen Barra | September 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Altaf Hussain has lived in exile in London since he fled Pakistan in 1991 as a wanted gangster.Altaf Hussain Finally Arrested in London; Can His MQM Be Neutralized? | Bruce Riedel | June 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The young visitor readily concurred in the plan, he wanted to see the house that the gangster had built anyhow.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
Him, a big, strong man that had made a gangster eat his gun and ordered the judge and sheriff what to do!David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
He slipped into position on one side of the gangster, Ginsburg on the other.From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
"I thought so," he said, choosing to ignore the gangster and addressing Casane.From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
Oh, knock it off—where do you get that pirate bit, gangster?The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
British Dictionary definitions for gangster
a member of an organized gang of criminals, esp one who resorts to violence
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