enforcer

noun
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

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Roy is a hard-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man who gets double-crossed by his powerful boss. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 And the titans, apparently, have found a willing enforcer in the federal government. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, "How the Anthony Levandowski Indictment Helps Big Tech Stifle Innovation in Silicon Valley," 28 Aug. 2019 Erlich instead spent the past year researching and writing a report on payroll fraud with coauthor Terri Gerstein, a former labor law enforcer in New York, for Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Former union boss continues crusade at Harvard with new labor report," 25 June 2019 The 75-year-old Mnangagwa, a former enforcer for Mugabe, took power after Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure. Fox News, "The Latest: Zimbabwe court upholds president's election win," 24 Aug. 2018 At the same time, conservationists and enforcers of the law alike understand the dire circumstances that drive villagers to steal rosewood from the forests. Carlos Duarte, National Geographic, "The fight to protect the world’s most trafficked wild commodity," 16 Aug. 2019 Obama’s comparison to the US in the time of Jim Crow is apt: The Ku Klux Klan acted as political enforcers in the post-reconstruction South, terrorizing black communities to maintain the political power of the white establishment. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "America’s mass shootings are a political choice," 6 Aug. 2019 Three main factors show up again and again in the subjects Krajicek researched: mental illness, too-easy access to firearms (especially assault rifles), and missed signals by parents, law enforcers, school officials or other authority figures. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: New book on mass killers is a disturbing eye opener," 20 July 2019 Gone are frontline enforcers such as Bryce Benhart, Jack Hansen and Eli and Will Mostaert, who helped produce some of the most dominant line play in recent memory. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "High school football: Defending 6A champ Lakeville North still confident, hungry," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of enforcer

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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