Examples of thug in a Sentence
He was beaten and robbed by street thugs.
the Mob boss regularly sent his thugs after people who were slow to pay their debts
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Sheriff Clay Bennett also acknowledged that this young thug was connected to the theft of a second Entergy truck from a lot that is located near Caldwell Parish High School.
Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press On the streets of Northwest Detroit, the Playboy Gangster Crips are known as ruthless thugs who live for violence, prosecutors say.
Like Missouri, these sources argue, Evergreen is being punished for giving in to leftist thugs.
Clio, the Muse of History, reminds us that when leftist brawlers took on Nazi thugs, German democracy was caught in the crossfire.
Lewis recalls another sit-in during which he was told that the police would stand aside and let a group of white thugs inflict vigilante justice on the protesters.
Glenn Fleshler, as one of the marauding thugs, is a virtuoso at heavy menace.
This is government as an unaccountable, legally immune thug.
In one, an African-American family moves into an all-white community, inciting chaos; in the other, thugs invade the home of a businessman (Matt Damon) and his wife (Julianne Moore).
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Origin and Etymology of thug
First Known Use: 1810See Words from the same year
Synonymsbully, gangbanger, gangsta, gangster, goon, gorilla, hood, hooligan, mobster, mug, plug-ugly, punk, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, hoodlum, tough, toughie (also toughy), yob [British], yobbo [British]
Related Wordscutthroat, scoundrel, villain; assassin, bandit, bravo, brigand, criminal, crook, desperado, felon, gunman, highwayman, lawbreaker, mafioso, malefactor, offender, outlaw, perp, perpetrator, pirate; pickpocket, racketeer, robber, swindler, thief, vandal; juvenile delinquent, tearaway [British]
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