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bully, gangbanger, gangsta, gangster, goon, gorilla, hood, hoodlum, mobster, mug, plug-ugly, punk, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, thug, tough, toughie (also toughy), yob [British], yobbo [British]
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1896, in the meaning defined above
perhaps from Patrick Hooligan flourished 1896 Irish hoodlum in Southwark, London
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: a usually young man who does noisy and violent things as part of a group or gang
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