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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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 Certainly people who are working as hit men are not allowed to be doing that. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "Inside the Mexican towns that produce America’s heroin," 17 Feb. 2018 In the comedy-series category, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel joined newcomers GLOW and Barry, Bill Hader and Alec Berg’s HBO series about a discontented hit man. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Emmy Nominations 2018: Netflix Takes Over," 12 July 2018 The video is peppered with an array of funky images, including flying dollar bills, a sports car, a hit man holding a gun, and 2 Chainz in a wheelchair to emphasize the track's buoyant lyrics. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "2 Chainz Releases Lyric Video for 'Bigger Than You' With Drake & Quavo," 2 July 2018 The hit men arrived by motorcycle at noon, stepped into the Toreo Restaurant and, without uttering a word, opened fire on Antonia Jaimes Moctezuma. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, San Francisco Chronicle, "At least 30 candidates killed in Mexican election campaigns," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hit man

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hit man

: a person who is paid to kill someone

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