One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An FBI agent.
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- ‘The FBI envisioned the massive overhaul plan as a far cry from the G-man of J. Edgar Hoover's day at the agency as the agency director.’
- ‘Within a half second of dialing, the former G-man picked up.’
- ‘The violence problem was overcome with relative ease by shifting from one side of the law to the other, from gangsters to G-men as the agents of male power and authority.’
- ‘A tough-looking G-man with his sleeves rolled up growls, ‘Enjoy your little nap?’’
- ‘Seems they've accidentally disrupted the plans of a corrupt G-man with a penchant for Pagliacci named Cornell.’
- ‘The 243-page FBI file on Groucho Marx shows that the G-men found grist for their conspiracy theories in the most innocent of details.’
- ‘In fact, why not tell the real story, the one with no sympathetic G-man, the one where Abagnale credits his social transformation to his wife rather than the FBI?’
- ‘In this regard, Temple did to Mae West exactly what the G-man did to the gangster: she sublated an image of transgressive excess into a socially acceptable form.’
- ‘But in addition to the G-man at the door, another agent stood off to one side.’
- ‘Remember, it wasn't a squad of G-men who finally brought down Al Capone - it was an army of pencil-packing IRS agents.’
- ‘That's right, with the war on terror in full swing, our war president is going to have a group of G-men doing nothing but working the porn beat when they could be tracking down - oh, I don't know - terrorist sleeper cells.’
- ‘Not only was he the biggest mystery in the biggest political scandal of the last century, he was a star G-man during the FBI's glory days during the J. Edgar Hoover era.’
- ‘If Megale couldn't identify an undercover G-man, you have to wonder exactly how he earned his nickname.’
- ‘As, later, he will complain to an Israeli reporter in a Miami coffee shop that J. Edgar Hoover is out to get him after so many years of pretending that crime wasn't organized at all, because the G-man needs some ‘non-Italian’ fall guy.’
- ‘However, the big G-man is the least of their problems.’
- ‘Director J. Edgar Hoover had the world believing that his intrepid and invincible G-men had caught the Nazi spies as they had arrived - law enforcement at its best.’
- ‘Look, I have to let these G-men on board, then what do you say I buy you lunch?’
- ‘When the G-men showed up the next day, they told him that a patient had called them and said he looked like - and had a similar first name as - one of the seven terrorists authorities were looking for.’
- ‘It was just such an unexpected treat to hear such a beautiful song in the middle of the season finale of a show about G-men and missing persons.’
- ‘Turner, a Hoover-era G-man, revisits the most significant cases in his FBI career including the Kennedy assassination, the Bay of Pigs and Watergate.’
1930s: probably an abbreviation of Government man.
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