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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He was kicked out of witness protection in 2004 when he was charged with lying to investigators for suggesting another mobster killed DiSarro, but was later allowed back under government protection. Fox News, "Ex-Mafia boss 'Cadillac Frank' sentenced to life in prison," 13 Sep. 2018 As well as arresting dozens of suspected mobsters in Italy, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, police seized drugs and around 2 million euros ($2.3 million). Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "Police arrest 84 in European crackdown on Italian mob," 5 Dec. 2018 Journalists reporting on Ostia's mobsters have been physically threatened. Fox News, "Pope encourages mobster-plagued town to take law's side," 3 June 2018 The irony is that Capra, born dirt poor in Sicily and an Italian immigrant with all the Italian mobster stereotypes that went with it, best depicted the American dream of the greatest generation in his movies. WSJ, "Capra Beats Coppola in Immigrant Values," 1 Jan. 2019 The following excerpt from Handsome Johnny, Lee Server's biography of West Coast mobster Johnny Rosselli, details why Sinatra fell out of favor with the Kennedy family. Lee Server, Town & Country, "The Real Reason Frank Sinatra Was Banned from the Kennedy White House," 7 Nov. 2018 Authorities said Salemme was worried DiSarro would cooperate with authorities investigating the mobster. Fox News, "The Latest: Prosecutor: Trial ends 'long and dark chapter'," 22 June 2018 The ruling even specified the distance agents had to keep from the mobster’s golf game. Lee Server, Town & Country, "The Real Reason Frank Sinatra Was Banned from the Kennedy White House," 7 Nov. 2018 Puglisi was gunned down a few months after Pope John Paul II, during a pilgrimage to Sicily, angrily demanded that mobsters convert their hearts or face the wrath of God at the end of their lives. Fox News, "Pope paying tribute in Sicily to priest slain by Mafia," 15 Sep. 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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