mob·​ster | \ ˈmäb-stər How to pronounce mobster (audio) \

Definition of mobster

: a member of a criminal gang

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Examples of mobster in a Sentence

the mobster threatened to break his legs if he didn't pay up

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The best departure from tradition comes with the selection of Karen Wiese-Thompson, among the city’s best character actors, to play mobster Big Jule. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: Guthrie Theater’s ‘Guys and Dolls’ occasionally fizzles when it should pop," 1 July 2019 The narrative has its requisite share of mobsters, cops and bloodshed, but for Domini these are mainly pegs upon which to explore Risto’s sense of displacement and belonging. Mark Athitakis, Washington Post, "A meditation on race, class — and murder — set in one of Europe’s most storied cities," 13 June 2019 The 1996 neo-noir follows two women — femme fatale Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon) — who fall in love and team up to steal $2 million from Violet’s mobster boyfriend, Caesar (Joe Pantoliano). Maureen Lee Lenker,, "The Wachowskis were offered a bigger budget to make Bound a heterosexual love story," 7 June 2019 Then pretend they were cheered on by a fetching future Bond girl and an iconic mobster of the silver screen. Douglas C. Towne, azcentral, "Mr. Magoo and a Bond girl, too: John F. Long's Maryvale Shopping City attracted stars," 6 June 2019 La Gomera is the island in the Canaries where the money is headed—and where our protagonist, Cristi, is spirited to learn Silbo, a kind of ancient whistled Spanish employed by the mobsters to communicate covertly. Marley Marius, Vogue, "5 Under-the-Radar Cannes Films Critics Are Buzzing About," 23 May 2019 But such treatment is more appropriate for a yakuza mobster than an international CEO with no previous record of fraud or self-dealing. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Ghosn Inquisition," 26 Nov. 2018 Once Hitler came to power, Jewish mobsters in cities from New York City to Los Angeles violently disrupted Nazi meetings and attacked Nazis, determined to stop the rise of fascism in the U.S. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "American Nazis and Nazi Sympathizers Have Been Around Since the 1930’s," 26 Nov. 2018 At the time, Webb was living in New Bedford with his wife and stepson and had ties to mobsters in Rhode Island. Travis Andersen,, "State officials smash multimillion-dollar gaming ring; gangster’s stepson was kingpin, prosecutors say," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of mobster

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mobster was in 1917

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English Language Learners Definition of mobster

: someone who is part of a secret organized group of criminals : a member of the Mob

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