hit man

noun

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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Two hit men, a boxer, a crime boss and others meet their fates over the course of two days. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 The couple survived, but later that year the restaurateur hired a hit man to kill the husband, whose body was found in a forest in Tamil Nadu, the court heard. Ben Westcott, CNN, "'Dosa King' dead: Indian restaurant icon and convicted murderer P. Rajagopal dies aged 71," 18 July 2019 Mexico’s notorious Jalisco drug cartel has reportedly groomed hit men by posting fake job ads on Facebook, forcing those who applied to attend military-style training camps against their will. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Drug traffickers are recruiting smugglers on Facebook," 1 Aug. 2019 Fortunately for the neighbor, the hit man was an undercover agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "White Man Is Accused of Seeking a Hit Man to Lynch His Black Neighbor: ‘$500 and He’s a Ghost’," 10 May 2018 The Big Lebowski begins with a hit man urinating on our hero's rug. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "10 hours, 3 festivals: What Forecastle, Lebowski Fest and Jane Austen have in common," 14 July 2019 Photo: Tass/Zuma Press Moises Reis dos Santos, a hit man for a drug lord, in custody in Mata de São João, Brazil. WSJ, "Photos of the Week," 4 Jan. 2019 Another suspect was identified as Oliver Moisés Mirabal Acosta, aka Papi, whose father accused him of being involved in a gang of hit men and low-level drug dealers. Author: Danica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, "Dominican AG: David Ortiz shooting was the result of mistaken identity," 19 June 2019 Pérez Vizcaíno allegedly transferred payments from the financier of the assassination plot, Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, to the hit men. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Arrests Shed New Light on David Ortiz Shooting as Search for Answers Continues," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of hit man

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hit man

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hit man

: a person who is paid to kill someone

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