trig·​ger·​man | \ ˈtri-gər-mən How to pronounce triggerman (audio) , -ˌman\

Definition of triggerman

: a gunman who shoots the victim (as in a gangland murder)

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Five Gophers lived there in 2012-13, coincidentally comprising their entire top power-play unit: Schmidt, Haula, triggerman Nick Bjugstad, center Kyle Rau and winger Zach Budish. Alex Prewitt,, "From College Hockey to Vegas, the Journey of Haula and Schmidt Could Include the Stanley Cup," 25 May 2018 The man convicted of being the triggerman in the 1987 murder of Buckhead socialite Lita McClinton Sullivan is free. Dan Klepal, ajc, "Triggerman in socialite Lita Sullivan’s murder released from prison," 26 May 2018 In previous interviews with police Davis has claimed Anderson was the shooter; before his death, Anderson denied being the triggerman. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Uncle of Prime Suspect in Tupac's Death Claims to Know Identity of Rapper's Murderer," 3 July 2018 In early 2015, Smith had been indicted as the triggerman in the armed robberies of four grocery stores and a Dunkin’ Donuts. Mensah M. Dean,, "3 charged, none convicted: Why a North Philly murder remains unsolved," 29 May 2018 Jamell Cureton, who ordered the Londons' deaths and helped plan the hit from his Mecklenburg jail cell, along with triggerman Malcolm Hartley both entered guilty pleas to avoid possible death penalties. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Last of 12 Bloods linked to killings of Lake Wylie couple get life in prison | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 QB Troy Aikman: The triggerman for the '90s Cowboys and one of the most accurate passers the NFL has ever seen, Aikman wound up with three rings, a Super Bowl MVP and a Hall of Fame jacket. 4. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Where does Jason Witten rank among 15 greatest Dallas Cowboys players?," 10 May 2018 Ricci pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have raised questions about the ability of Jaeger's boyfriend, Jeffery Wellmaker, to identify him as the triggerman. Jacques Billeaud, azcentral, "Fatal attack on interracial couple in Arizona heads to trial," 7 May 2018 But when an agreement was reached with Washington to ship out the man in front of him, veteran Alex Smith, all eyes fell on the new, 22-year-old triggerman in coach Andy Reid's offense. Terez A. Paylor, kansascity, "Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes hit high school fields to build rapport with star teammates | The Kansas City Star," 16 Apr. 2018

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circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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