un·​der·​boss | \ ˈən-dər-ˌbȯs How to pronounce underboss (audio) \

Definition of underboss

: a boss ranking next below the head of a branch of a crime syndicate

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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, "Trump says Cohen won't 'flip': How do prosecutors get witnesses to turn?," 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, "After 78 Killings, a Honduran Drug Lord Partners With the U.S.," 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, "Ex-Mafia hit man and turncoat 'Sammy the Bull' released from prison," 21 Sep. 2017

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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