mobster

noun
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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Larceny in Lucite heels, Hustlers is a serious, sprawling crime epic that just so happens to be set at the club rather than Queens mobsters' backrooms of power. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) This Weekend on Netflix and in Theaters," 13 Sep. 2019 Disgruntled Chicago White Sox stand trial for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series for mobster Arnold Rothstein. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Ashcroft’s approach mirrored a strategy used against the Mafia 40 years earlier, when Attorney General Robert Kennedy hyperbolically threatened to arrest mobsters for spitting on the sidewalk if that was the only available charge. Rod Rosenstein, Time, "How To Stop White Supremacist Terrorism," 8 Aug. 2019 The last major twist in the case came in 2012, when Italian forensic police exhumed the body of a reputed mobster from the crypt of a Roman basilica in hopes of finding Orlandi's remains as well. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, "Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are found," 13 July 2019 Kane prosecuted, among others, a state agriculture commissioner, a member of the Democratic State Central Committee and mobsters. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Kevin Kane to retire as chief state’s attorney after nearly half a century as a prosecutor in Connecticut," 27 Aug. 2019 Owney's Rum Finds Kindred Spirits in The Kitchen In The Kitchen, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss step up as mobsters after their onscreen husbands go to the clink. Khanh T.l. Tran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Drink and Dish: Jessica Alba's Favorite Tequila, Cocktails Inspired by 'The Kitchen' and 'Stranger Things'," 22 Aug. 2019 The entirely fictional story is set in mid-’70s Hell’s Kitchen, which is run by Irish mobsters played by Brian d’Arcy James, James Badge Dale, and Jeremy Bobb. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Kitchen Can’t Figure Out What Kind of Gangster Film It Is," 9 Aug. 2019 The Kitchen The wives of three incarcerated mobsters take over their husbands’ rackets to support their families in 1970s NYC. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. movie openings, Aug. 4-11: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold,’ ‘The Kitchen’ and more," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mobster

1917, in the meaning defined above

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mobster

noun

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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