Definition of button man in English:

button man


North American
  • A hired killer.

    ‘the Mafiosi conferred with their button men’
    • ‘It is widely known, for example, that Mafia button men rarely kill for money, but usually carry out such assassinations as a kind of ‘gotcha’ that keeps other underworld figures on their toes.’
    • ‘Before they hauled away the servers - an act that would briefly cause controversy in the hosting community - he allegedly admitted to the attacks, and named all three of his cyber button men.’
    • ‘She is afraid Pasquale will grow up to be a ‘button man’ like his father and wants a better life for him.’
    • ‘According to Gang Land, he was quite a button man in New Jersey.’
    armed robber, hold-up man, bandit, gangster, terrorist, gunfighter
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