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Examples of henchman in a Sentence
a gangster surrounded by his henchmen
Recent Examples of henchman from the Web
In a sense, the takedown of the Guadalajara cartel set a template for the Mexican drug wars that have raged to this day — often with much more bloodshed and brutality than in the heyday of Gallardo and his henchmen.
The title character of this 1934 horror film, starring the infamously spooky pairing of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, is stuck playing a stereotype: The cat is treated as a fluffy henchman of a satanist and an overall symbol of evil.
Injuries happen, and besides: the Chiefs gave up 205 yards rushing to Jacksonville with Johnson on the field, and served as henchmen for Bell’s playoff highlight tape with Houston on the field.
Qyburn and the Mountain may be Cersei’s most obviously loyal henchmen, but Bernadette has been serving at the Queen’s pleasure longer.
With the help of his henchmen, Sir Guy and the Sheriff of Nottingham, the Prince taxes, starves and abuses the English people.
Policy for entire regions is farmed out to trusted henchmen.
Figures come in two types: henchmen who carry out the more mundane grunt-work, and family members who influence multiple adjacent areas of New York City.
Whoever owns the last control marker placed on each section is awarded kickbacks when henchmen shake down businesses in their area.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of henchman
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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)
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