button man

noun

Definition of button man

: a low-ranking member of a criminal underworld organization

First Known Use of button man

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for button man

perhaps from buttons bellhop

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“Button man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/button%20man. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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