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)

Examples of triggerman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While judges, prosecutors, and the defense all acknowledge that Spencer was the triggerman, questions about Woods’s culpability and the events leading up to the killings remain as his execution date approaches. al, "Alabama prepares to execute a man whose case is haunted by claims of police misconduct," 24 Feb. 2020 When nuclear triggermen such as John Clark set off their bombs, most of the resulting carbon 14 shot up into the stratosphere directly above the impact sites. Carl Zimmer, The Atlantic, "Nuclear Tests Marked Life on Earth With a Radioactive Spike," 20 Mar. 2020 No, for all the experience that a grizzled TB12 gained as the triggerman of the New England Patriots, he’s never dealt with this. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Amid uncertainty, Tom Brady's ability to adapt will serve Buccaneers well," 24 Mar. 2020 On July 10, 2018, the prosecution put the alleged triggerman — Michael Garza — on trial. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Chacey Poynter, convicted in husband's murder says, "He wasn't supposed to die"," 18 Jan. 2020 Even Woods' co-defendant, Kerry Spencer, who has confessed to being the triggerman and denies Woods was complicit, implored for his execution to be stopped. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, "Supreme Court temporarily halts execution of Alabama inmate Nathaniel Woods," 6 Mar. 2020 No gun, fingerprints or DNA were ever recovered, and the case centered around the testimony of one teen rival who offered conflicting stories when identifying the triggerman, who was standing 120 feet away, mostly behind a wall. Washington Post, "Stepfather of slain girl fears teen was wrongfully convicted," 29 Jan. 2020 On paper, Garbers enters 2020 as the Pac-12′s North’s top returning triggerman. oregonlive, "By hiring Bill Musgrave, Cal raises the stakes for Oregon and Washington: Issues & Answers," 5 Jan. 2020 Not yet halfway through a three-year, $18.75 million deal, Marc Savard’s onetime Atlanta triggerman has delivered 43 points in his 81-game return tour, at a cap hit of $6.25 million., "Boston College coach Jerry York a worthy Hall of Famer - The Boston Globe," 16 Nov. 2019

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circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Triggerman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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