en·​forc·​er | \ in-ˈfȯr-sər How to pronounce enforcer (audio) , en- \

Definition of enforcer

1 : one that enforces
2a : a violent criminal employed by a crime syndicate especially : hit man sense 1
b : player (as in ice hockey) known for rough play and fighting

Examples of enforcer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clark, a Republican, had been described by federal prosecutors as the enforcer for Householder, strong-arming supporters and providing fundraising expertise. Star Tribune, "Lobbyist named in $60M Ohio bribery probe is found dead," 16 Mar. 2021 At least three former San Antonio federal prosecutors are looking to fill the post of the top federal law enforcer for a huge swath of Central and West Texas. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Former San Antonio federal prosecutors among names who want U.S. attorney post," 15 Feb. 2021 During Mario Cuomo’s governorship, his son was known as the enforcer. New York Times, "The Imperious Rise and Accelerating Fall of Andrew Cuomo," 13 Mar. 2021 Andrew Cuomo terrorized Albany in the 1980s as the enforcer for his cerebral father, Mario, who spent three terms as New York governor. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Cult of the Thuggish Democratic Politician," 4 Mar. 2021 Percoco was Cuomo’s enforcer and, in 2018, was found guilty of bribery and fraud, as well as threatening senior members of government. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Five of Andrew Cuomo's other biggest scandals," 13 Mar. 2021 Bon becomes an enforcer while Vo Danh mostly scrubs the restaurant’s awful toilet. New York Times, "His Debut Novel Won the Pulitzer. Now It Has an Action-Packed Sequel.," 26 Feb. 2021 Cousins is now more an enforcer than a productive post presence. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Jayson Tatum growing his brand, but he wants team success first," 27 Feb. 2021 During her previous stint at USTR from 2007 to 2014, Ms. Tai served as its chief enforcer against China. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, "Biden Trade Nominee Seeks Solution for Boeing-Airbus Dispute," 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of enforcer

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Enforcer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enforcer. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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