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Examples of henchman in a Sentence
a gangster surrounded by his henchmen
Recent Examples of henchman from the Web
Director Tim Burton’s second and final take on the Batman mythology is set during the holidays, and some of the main villain’s henchmen dress as twisted versions of holiday characters like the elves in Santa’s workshop.
Every heist movie has a scene where the mastermind explains the plans to the henchmen, and Ocean's 8 will apparently be no exception.
And neither did Bruce Mouw, the head of the F.B.I.’s C-16 team that had painstakingly built the case against Gotti and his henchmen.
Aiming to feed a growing urban work force and increase exports, Stalin’s henchmen forced peasants onto collective farms and eliminated relatively well-off peasants known as kulaks.
All of this goes into Vaughn’s cockeyed pop-culture Cuisinart (much as henchmen go into Poppy’s meat grinder).
Eddie, Dexter and Anna all form profound bonds on the job — whether with fellow shipmates, henchmen or divers.
After Arlene fled, a second Florencia investigation led to a RICO indictment alleging that Tablas Castellanos made her henchmen, Marcos Lopez and Jesus Cervantes, his new llaveros.
Despite backlash from members of the local Italian-American community, Chicago aldermen are proceeding with their proposal to rename Balbo Drive and move or modify the Balbo Monument, memorials to a henchman of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
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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.
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