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Examples of henchman in a Sentence
a gangster surrounded by his henchmen
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One of the running jokes in the first episode is how many henchmen try to use guns on Luke Cage.
The two girls, along with their parents, brother and grandmother, were attempting to flee Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple cult, known as Jonestown, when they were ambushed by several of Jones’ gun-toting henchman on a primitive airport tarmac.
Before becoming Hitler’s most ardent henchman, Himmler had been a chicken farmer obsessed with the idea of breeding pure white chickens.
Dolores and Teddy are preparing for the final leg of their journey, having lost all their henchman/companions in a battle with Ghost Nation.
Frank Doubleday, who played the ghoulish, spike-haired henchman from John Carpenter’s sci-fi cult classic Escape from New York, has died at 73.
The president and his henchmen are attacking Ron Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who hired Mueller as special counsel, for daring to defy sharp presidential dislike of Mueller's activities.
Her henchman is the swaggering Ringo Pink, played by the great Scott Martino, who also designed the costumes as usual, including Ringo’s blindingly pink cowboy ensemble.
That they were never heard from again—and that the Tower was then under the control of one of Richard’s henchmen—should provide enough circumstantial evidence to condemn the king.
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Did You Know?
The earliest known examples of henchman in written English show it being used as a term for a squire or a page, but the word may have seen earlier use with the meaning "groom." It first appeared in Middle English at the beginning of the 15th century and is a combination of Old English hengest ("a male horse") and man. In the late 1700s, henchman began to be used for the personal attendant of a Scottish Highland chief. This sense, made familiar to many English readers by Sir Walter Scott, led to the word's use in the broader sense of "right-hand man," which in turn evolved into the other meanings.
HENCHMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of henchman for English Language Learners
: a trusted follower or supporter who performs unpleasant, wrong, or illegal tasks for a powerful person (such as a politician or criminal)
HENCHMAN Defined for Kids
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