black hand


often capitalized B&H
: a lawless secret society engaged in criminal activities (such as terrorism or extortion)
blackhander noun

Word History


Black Hand, a Sicilian and Italian-American secret society of the late 19th and 20th centuries

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black hand was in 1883

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“Black hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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