muscleman

[ muhs-uh l-man ]
/ ˈmʌs əlˌmæn /

noun, plural mus·cle·men.

Informal. a man with a muscular or brawny physique, especially a bodybuilder.
Slang. a bodyguard, especially one hired to intimidate others, often by strong-arm methods.

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Origin of muscleman

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; muscle + man1
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British Dictionary definitions for muscle man

muscleman
/ (ˈmʌsəlˌmæn) /

noun plural -men

a man with highly developed muscles
a henchman employed by a gangster to intimidate or use violence upon victims
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