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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Alisha had told him, quoting American Gangster, the movie about drug kingpin Frank Lucas’s family-run operation.
Ansel Elgort plays the title character, a youthful but skilled wheel man in the employ of Doc (Kevin Spacey), a crime kingpin of sorts and the organizer of big bank heists .
Another candidate for the defense team, attorney Eduardo Balarezo, represented Mexican drug kingpin and former Guzman rival Alfredo Beltran Leyva in a separate U.S. drug case.
JC Olivera/Getty Images In the wake of a U.S. government press release singling him out as having ties with drug kingpin Raul Flores Hernandez, regional Mexican star Julion Alvarez categorically denied the accusations.
View Slideshow Alexander Wang is the kingpin of athleisure, and New York City’s network of bike messengers are his peddlers.
But this might be the only one that was kept up to the kingpin's standards.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which administers and enforces sanctions, in February blocked the country’s vice president, Tareck El Aissami, from the U.S. financial system, branding him a drug kingpin.
News accounts from the time refer to Reid, Wise's victim, as a low-level drug dealer who had allegedly crossed a drug kingpin, who in turn hired Wise to commit the killing.
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First Known Use of kingpin
Synonymsbig, big boy, big cheese, bigfoot, biggie, big gun, big leaguer, big-timer, big wheel, bigwig, fat cat, heavy, heavy hitter, heavyweight, high-muck-a-muck (or high-muckety-muck), honcho, kahuna, kingfish, big shot, major leaguer, muckety-muck (also muck-a-muck or mucky-muck), nabob, nawab, nibs, nob [chiefly British], pooh-bah (also poo-bah), wheel
Antonymslightweight, nobody, nonentity, nothing, shrimp, twerp, whippersnapper, zero, zilch
Related Wordsbaron, czar (also tsar or tzar), king, lion, magnate, mogul, prince, tycoon; VIP
Near Antonymsinferior, subordinate, underling; mediocrity, obscurity
KINGPIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kingpin for English Language Learners
: a person who controls an organization or activity
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