hit man

or hit·man

Origin of hit man

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
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hit man

noun
  1. slang a hired assassin, esp one employed by gangsters
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Word Origin and History for hitman
n.

"hired assassin," 1970, from hit (n.) in the underworld sense + man (n.).

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