hit man


Definition of hit man

1 : a professional assassin who works for a crime syndicate

Examples of hit man in a Sentence

She hired a hit man to kill her ex-husband.

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Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison in 2014, after pleading guilty to soliciting a hit man to murder his wife, from whom he is now divorced. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "As I Lay Dying plays comeback show and explains reunion with singer after he solicited murder of his wife," 18 June 2018 Joaquin Phoenix signed on to co-star, playing Mr. Reilly’s hit man brother (their surname is Sisters). Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "In Latest Film, Versatile Actor John C. Reilly Takes on a New Role: Producer," 28 Sep. 2018 Other workers testified that Santiago Uribe was close to the hit men, particularly Mr. Osorio Rojas. New York Times, "In Colombian Death Ranch Case, Some Fear Prosecution Will Be Buried," 8 July 2018 Detectives then intercepted and recorded at least one telephone call between the girlfriend and the potential hit man, delved into the case more and moved in on Bond and his girlfriend. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Target of murder-for-hire plot tries to laugh away bargain-based price tag: ‘Insulting to be sure’," 13 July 2018 To that end, two hit men (Dexter Fletcher and Max Irons) hang out in a dingy room, trading corny comments and awaiting their next assignment. Vaughn Stein, New York Times, "Review: Revenge Goes Sour in ‘Terminal’," 10 May 2018 Among those denied clemency: Anthony Calabrese, a 57-year-old reputed mob hit man from Chicago convicted of three robberies and sentenced to 62 years in prison. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "After pardoning political allies, Trump quietly denies clemency for 180 others," 24 Apr. 2018 Locked up for armed robbery, police say, Paul Bond hatched a plan: hire a hit man to kill the victim. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Target of murder-for-hire plot tries to laugh away bargain-based price tag: ‘Insulting to be sure’," 13 July 2018 Hader plays the title character — a former Marine turned hit man who follows a mark from the Midwest to L.A. where he gets bitten by the acting bug. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "Bill Hader was shooting a horror sequel when he received his comedy series Emmy nom for "Barry"," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of hit man

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a person who is paid to kill someone

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