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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A man hired to commit murder.
  • n. Slang One assigned to carry out a ruthless task or a vicious or unscrupulous order.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A professional killer.
  • n. Someone who carries out brutal and unpleasant duties on behalf of another, such as firing dead wood employees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person hired to murder or physically attack another; a hit man.
  • n. A person who deliberately tries to ruin the reputation of another, often unscrupulously, by slander or other malicious communication, often with a political motive, and sometimes for pay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who wields a hatchet, in any kind of work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a professional killer
  • n. one whose job it is to execute unpleasant tasks for a superior

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