American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An assistant to a chief, especially in a crime syndicate.
- n. An assistant to the boss of a crime family
- n. an assistant or second-in-command to a chief (especially in a crime syndicate)
- under- + boss, calque of the Italian sotto capo (Wiktionary)
“The underboss is the person who actually runs the family.”
“Carmen "The Cheeseman" DiNunzio, the reputed former underboss of the New England mob, pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges and is serving a six-year federal prison sentence.”
“Mr. Franzese, who regularly took in performances by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr ., has a long criminal history as an underboss in the Colombo crime family.”
“John "Sonny" Franzese, underboss of the Colombo crime family, could get out by his 100th birthday, for good behavior, the New York Daily News reports.”
“Sometimes Gingrich seems like some kind of combination of an underboss and a consigliere.”
“Licavoli named Tony Delsanter as his consigliere and appointed his cousin Leo Moceri as underboss.”
“That a family underboss could be killed by outsiders was a major embarrassment to the Cleveland mob.”
“The most recent celebrated Cosa Nostra turn-coat was Gotti underboss Sammy “the Bull” Gravano.”
“Only weeks after mob enforcer Eugene Ciasullo was bombed, underboss Leo Moceri received a threatening phone call.”
“To regain their power and money, the Cleveland mob became involved in drugs, and as a result underboss Angelo Lonardo was sentenced to life in prison.”
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