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kingpin

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1 one of high position or importance within a group
  • a police sting that nabbed several kingpins of the city's drug trade

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2 the person (as an employer or supervisor) who tells people and especially workers what to do
  • finally nailed the mob kingpin who had been controlling all the gambling rackets in the city

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The first known use of kingpin was in 1773

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“Kingpin.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/kingpin. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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