hoo·​li·​gan | \ ˈhü-li-gən How to pronounce hooligan (audio) \

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Examples of hooligan in a Sentence

The windows were broken by a gang of teenage hooligans. shouldn't you hooligans be in school instead of threatening old ladies?

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But fears of violence are high after LGBTQ festivals in Sarajevo were attacked by radical Islamists and hooligans in 2008 and 2014, injuring several people. NBC News, "Bosnia's first LGBTQ parade defies threats, urges tolerance," 6 Sep. 2019 China organizations have mobilized to discredit the protesters as violent hooligans bent on wrecking the city. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "From the Shadows, China’s Communist Party Mobilizes Against Hong Kong Protests," 20 Aug. 2019 Not even Nkrumah’s association with communism and the castigation of his followers as hooligans could stop the party’s progress and Nkrumah’s march towards political independence. Akwasi Kwarteng Amoako-gyampah, Quartz Africa, "The “tragic error” that led to Kwame Nkrumah becoming one of Africa’s great independence leaders," 7 Aug. 2019 On July 20, in the city of Bialystok, a small gay pride parade was met with vitriolic response from the local community, and was attacked by soccer hooligans, resulting in dozens of injuries. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Scores of Poles are revealing they are LGBT on Twitter after violent attacks on a pride parade," 31 July 2019 The fan base of Romantikus Er?szak, or Romantic Violence, for instance, is heavy on skinheads and soccer hooligans and has a reputation for brawling. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 There's another group of hooligans who step into their bra like a skirt and pull it all the way up to their boobs. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Twitter is in a Bloody Battle Over the Right Way to Put on a Bra," 28 Mar. 2019 That seems to have prevented repeats of Thursday night's attack on Liverpool fans at a restaurant — apparently by Ukrainian hooligans — which left two injured. Fox News, "The Latest: Kiev subway evacuated after hoax threat," 26 May 2018 Credit for this goes in no small measure to the show's phenomenal leads, Ricamora, whose sumptuous voice could charm hooligans at a Trump rally, and Louis, whose portrayal of Hillary balances fearless comedy with tender pathos. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "'Soft Power' at the Ahmanson: Big, bold, overly complicated and spectacularly unique," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of hooligan

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hooligan

perhaps from Patrick Hooligan flourished 1896 Irish hoodlum in Southwark, London

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The first known use of hooligan was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of hooligan

: a usually young man who does noisy and violent things as part of a group or gang

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