from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A crime syndicate.
  • n. A trusted group of associates, as of a political leader.
  • n. An entity which attempts to control a specified arena.


See Mafia. The sense "entity which attempts to control a specified arena" makes an analogy to crime-syndicate mafias' attempts to control certain kinds of business in the regions in which they exist. (Wiktionary)


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