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Examples of henchman in a Sentence
a gangster surrounded by his henchmen
Recent Examples of henchman from the Web
The gunfight in downtown Matewan on May 19, 1920, had all the elements of a high-noon showdown: on one side, the heroes, a pro-union sheriff and mayor; on the other, the dastardly henchmen of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency.
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.
As Quan, a restaurant owner whose daughter is killed by an IRA bombing, Chan seeks revenge, working through a government minister with IRA ties (Pierce Brosnan) and an army of henchman.
But Spicer also demanded recognition and credit, not merely as a henchman of the president’s, but as a public servant.
The turning point when the intensity gets cranked up comes roughly an hour into the movie, with a prison visit from Eleazar's icy Euro-trash henchman, played by — who else? — Udo Kier.
These stones mark the night when plainclothes Nazi SS troops and local henchmen ousted Charlotte and Laura Waldeck from the dwelling, destroyed the Jewish family’s furniture and threw their other belongings onto the street.
The Nuremberg trials re-established the principle that waging aggressive war was a criminal act and punished at least some of Hitler’s henchmen accordingly.
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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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