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- noun An assistant to a chief, especially in a crime syndicate.
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- noun An assistant to the
bossof a crime family
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- noun an assistant or second-in-command to a chief (especially in a crime syndicate)
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The underboss is the person who actually runs the family.
Sometimes Gingrich seems like some kind of combination of an underboss and a consigliere.
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.
The most recent celebrated Cosa Nostra turn-coat was Gotti underboss Sammy “the Bull” Gravano.
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.
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.
Licavoli named Tony Delsanter as his consigliere and appointed his cousin Leo Moceri as underboss.
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.
That a family underboss could be killed by outsiders was a major embarrassment to the Cleveland mob.