Definition of kingpin
Examples of kingpin in a Sentence
kingpins of the movie industry
a police sting that nabbed several kingpins of the city's drug trade
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Spaniards were early kingpins in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, first importing kidnapped Africans into what was then New Granada in the 1520s—a century before the British brought this epic crime against humanity to North America.
Rival kingpin Gus Fring applied CPR and called an ambulance when Nacho’s scheme began to work, and now the possibility looms of bloody reprisal for Nacho’s attempt at heroism.
Amazon, kingpin of the industry disruptors, is rattling the grocery business like never before with its estimated $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods.
Despite being Caucasian in an overwhelmingly African-American city, Wershe infiltrated a major Detroit drug organization, and helped bring down a couple of the city's top kingpins.
After being charged in 1984 with drug smuggling, Seal became an undercover federal informant, helping federal investigators gather incriminating evidence against key drug cartel figures, including kingpin Pablo Escobar.
Nevertheless, British drug kingpin Addison (Allen Leech) sees fit to send him on assignment to track down teenager Ella Hatto (Odeya Rush) at her posh Swiss boarding school.
Along the way, Ulbricht allegedly became a murderous kingpin.
Too often, Bennett says, low-level nonviolent drug addicts dealing to feed their habit end up being sentenced like drug kingpins.
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Definition of kingpin for English Language Learners
: a person who controls an organization or activity
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