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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Standing at just 4-foot-6 and weighing only 68 pounds, Robert Sandifer was an unlikely triggerman for the Black Disciples street gang and was on the run for killing his 14-year-old neighbor Shavon Dean days earlier. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Chicago faces looming $838 million budget shortfall, how ‘Yummy’ Sandifer’s story shocked the nation 25 years ago and other things to know to start your day," 30 Aug. 2019 The biggest, though, is quarterback Josh Love, the fifth-year senior and triggerman for a passing game that was 32nd-best in the nation last season. Victor Aquino, The Mercury News, "Brent Brennan needs to win some games at San Jose State," 25 Aug. 2019 Here’s a look at some of today’s best storylines: Hoover: Hoover coach Josh Niblett expressed confidence in his offense, especially with senior quarterback and Ole Miss commit Robby Ashford as the triggerman. Josh Bean |, al, "Rewinding Day 1 of Birmingham HS football media day," 29 July 2019 The triggerman would later be offered a deal to testify against Robinson, according to court records. Cameron Knight,, "After a decade in jail, a woman convicted in a murder she didn't commit is free," 5 Aug. 2019 The following year, the Warren Commission determined that Kennedy’s murder was committed solely by triggerman Lee Harvey Oswald. Travis Andersen,, "Saoirse Kennedy Hill’s death is the latest in a long line of Kennedy tragedies," 2 Aug. 2019 Police arrested a man on suspicion of being the triggerman but charges against him were dismissed in Cleveland Municipal Court. Cory Shaffer,, "Jury acquits man of deadly Cleveland gas-station shooting," 23 July 2019 The Chiefs bought their new triggerman a shiny new weapon Wednesday in breaking the bank for Sammy Watkins ($34 million over the next two years, $30 million of which is fully guaranteed). Albert Breer,, "On Risk, Old Rules and How Kirk Cousins Laid The Groundwork To Forever Change NFL Contracts," 15 Mar. 2018 Lawyers for each man seized on that to argue that their client wasn't the triggerman and shouldn't be executed. CBS News, "Georgia executes inmate convicted in man's 1996 shotgun slaying," 20 June 2019

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circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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