un·​der·​boss ˈən-dər-ˌbȯs How to pronounce underboss (audio)
: a boss ranking next below the head of a branch of a crime syndicate

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Baldwin's Senate testimony chronicled the numerous plans to kill a Team A underboss with explosives. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 9 Apr. 2022 In April 1978, Team B finally succeeded in killing the underboss with a bomb that exploded under his car. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 9 Apr. 2022 On Columbus Day in 1970, a Rochester mob underboss ordered that a series of dynamite bombs be set off in the early morning hours in houses of worship and government buildings. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 9 Apr. 2022 In a letter filed last October with the court, a Revere woman named Assunta M. Esposito pleaded for leniency for Gennaro Angiulo, the son of the former underboss, in the tax case involving GJ Towing. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Mar. 2021 But the memories of his days in the Mafia now continue with his latest endeavor: The underboss has started a podcast. Eric Shawn, Fox News, 19 Dec. 2020 Gravano pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge and testified at length at trial against Gotti and Frank Locascio, the underboss of the Gambino crime family. Danny Cevallos /, NBC News, 22 Apr. 2018 Salvatore Gravano, the former underboss of the Gambino crime family in New York who became a government informer, admitted to killing 19 people. Joseph Goldstein And Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2017 While serving as an underboss with New York's Gambino crime family, Gravano took part in 19 homicides and oversaw a vast enterprise of extortion, fraud and other felonies. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underboss was in 1942

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“Underboss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underboss. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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