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.
Recent Examples on the Web Adelson had told authorities that her brother Charlie had joked about hiring a hit man as a divorce present but had decided instead to buy her a television. Bobby Caina Calvan, sun-sentinel.com, "Jury spares life of South Florida hit man who killed law professor," 15 Oct. 2019 In 2016, he was sentenced to an additional 40 years in prison for attempting to hire a hit man to kill Glasgow, meaning Peterson will likely spend the rest of his life in custody even if the murder conviction was overturned. Stacy St. Clair, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-cop Drew Peterson seeks to reverse his conviction for third wife’s murder — again," 30 Sep. 2019 An Oregon man who raised questions about the integrity of the police investigation that led to his prosecution won an unusual release from prison eight years into a 20-year sentence for hiring a hit man to kill an acquaintance. oregonlive, "State lops 13 years off 20-year sentence after man convicted in murder-for-hire scheme questions conduct of cop who investigated him," 18 Dec. 2019 Irvin Edge, who hired a hit man to kill his business partner in Daviess County. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "By pardoning rapists and killers, former governor Matt Bevin showed us who he really is," 13 Dec. 2019 Officials arrested Omar Ameem who according to prosecutors was an ISIS and Al-Qaida hit man. Fox News, "Scaramucci, Kirk sound off on Brennan, Cuomo," 18 Aug. 2018 De Niro plays a hit man who works closely Hoffa in the film in release at select theaters. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Hollywood Film Awards: Shia LaBeouf thanks Georgia police officer for 2017 arrest," 4 Nov. 2019 Calabrese, a loan shark who doubled as a hit man, was convicted in 2007 during the Operation Family Secrets trial. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Once one of the Outfit’s most colorful characters, ex-mobster Joey ‘the Clown’ Lombardo dies at 90 in federal prison," 21 Oct. 2019 That testimony came one day after the second hit man, Luis Rivera, told jurors that when he and Garcia were paid, the cash was delivered in stacks of stapled one hundred dollar bills inside a paper bag. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Slain FSU professor’s trial turns to cellphone records that place suspect near killing," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hit man

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Jan 2020

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“Hit man.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20man. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hit man

: a person who is paid to kill someone

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