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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Jason Bateman and Laura Linney are magnetically despicable in the story of a morally bankrupt couple who flee to the Ozarks to launder money for a Mexican drug kingpin in order to save their lives.
Brown and the shooter, a suspected Loyal Always gang member and former muscle for a Cleveland heroin kingpin Jesus Bey, ran away after the shooting.
The United States’ Treasury department has also designated Tareck El Aissami, Mr Maduro’s vice-president, as a drug kingpin (Mr Aissami denies the charge).
Sergio Ramirez, the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against Transunion, was falsely tagged as a drug kingpin.
From the start, Narcos was a story about one thing: The rise of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, and the years-long effort to bring him down.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday designated MS-13, the violent street gang, a target for a Justice Department task force that has traditionally attacked drug kingpins and cartels.
The alleged kingpin of the international drug trafficking ring, Jian Zhang, AKA Hong Kong Zaron, is accused of distributing at least 3,000 grams of drugs including fentanyl analogs, records show.
In 2015, the notorious drug kingpin Joaquín (El Chapo) Guzmán tunneled his way out of a maximum-security prison, with evident official complicity.
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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
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