Definitions

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

  • n. A low-ranking member of an organized crime syndicate.

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  • n. A contract killer; a professional assassin.

Etymologies

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

From a comparison between such a man and a soldier (wearing a uniform with buttons).

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  • Interesting perponym, to me, anyway.

    November 27, 2011