hit man

hit man
a professional killer who uses a gun
Derivationally related forms: ↑shoot (for: ↑shooter), ↑gun (for: ↑gun)
Hypernyms: ↑murderer, ↑liquidator, ↑manslayer

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Etymology: hit (herein)
1. : a professional assassin who works for a crime syndicate

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1. a hired killer, esp. a professional killer from the underworld.
2. See hatchet man (def. 3).
Also, hitman.
[1965-70, Amer.]

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hit man UK US noun [countable] [singular hit man plural ˈhit ˌmen]
someone who is paid to kill people
Thesaurus: people who killsynonym

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hit man,
U.S. Slang. a hired killer.

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n. informal a person who is paid to kill someone, esp. for a criminal or political organization

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noun, pl ⋯ men [count]
: a person who is paid to kill someone

She hired a hit man to kill her ex-husband.

Mafia hit men

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ˈhit man [hit man hit men] noun (informal)
a criminal who is paid to kill sb
Example Bank:

Maybe somebody hired a hit man.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • hit man — n. 1. A professional murderer, esp. one working for a criminal organization; also called {torpedo}. [Colloq.] [PJC] 2. A slanderer working for political purposes to damage the reputation of an opponent; a {hatchet man}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hit man — hit′ man or hit′man n. 1) cvb sts a hired killer, esp. a professional killer from the underworld 2) cvb sts hatchet man 3) • Etymology: 1965–70, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • hit man — ☆ hit man n. [< underworld slang hit, murder] Informal a man paid to kill someone; hired murderer …   English World dictionary

  • hit man — hit ,man (plural hit ,men) noun count someone who is paid to kill people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hit man — [n] professional killer assassin, contract killer, executioner, gunman, hatchet man, hired gun*, hired killer, murderer, triggerman; concept 412 …   New thesaurus

  • hit man — n a criminal who is employed to kill someone …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hit man — ► NOUN informal ▪ a hired assassin …   English terms dictionary

  • hit man — 1. n. a hired killer. (Underworld.) □ Sam was the perfect hit man. Hardly any brains or conscience. □ To look at Rocko, you’d never believe he was a hit man. 2. n. a man hired by a helpless addict to inject drugs. (Drugs. See also pinch hitter.)… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • hit man — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms hit man : singular hit man plural hit men someone who is paid to kill people …   English dictionary

  • hit man — /ˈhɪt mæn / (say hit man) noun Colloquial a man hired as an assassin …   Australian English dictionary