Definition of gangland in English:



  • The world of criminal gangs.

    [as modifier] ‘he was the victim of a gangland killing’
    • ‘In Melbourne there have been twenty four gangland killings, the last half-dozen amid the general public.’
    • ‘He is still waiting to release the Irish gangland movie Gangs of New York.’
    • ‘Missing from his home for four days, he was the 17th victim of gangland crime this year.’
    • ‘They have been provided with the type of new identities and false life histories normally reserved for spies and gangland informers.’
    • ‘The problem in 2003 wasn't the general level of crime but the ongoing gangland murders.’
    • ‘The murder comes after a lull in the number of gangland shootings and killings in the past few months.’
    • ‘The criminal cases connected to Victoria's gangland murders have never been short of drama.’
    • ‘Eleven people have already been questioned and released without charge in connection with this gangland murder.’
    • ‘It was June 1995 and the first of 10 gangland killings in as many months.’
    • ‘What's more, Leo's gangland boss has his own plans for his top employee.’
    • ‘If not, it will only be a matter of time before there are gangland killings on our doorstep.’
    • ‘Crime is falling, gangland criminals are on the back foot and more Gardai are on the beat than ever before.’
    • ‘The murders of police officers and Serbian gangland criminals share similar characteristics.’
    • ‘There have been two gangland killings in Cork in the past seven years.’
    • ‘He had no criminal convictions or known gangland connections.’
    • ‘Of an estimated 17 gangland killings this past year, five were in Limerick.’
    • ‘Two weeks after the minister had spun out hope for a new thrust against gangland bloodshed, the killings only steadily increased.’
    • ‘According to its annual report, achievements by the NCS included an increase in the number of alleged gangland bosses arrested.’
    • ‘The gangland boss suffered a heart attack in Broadmoor at the age of 61 and died in Wexham Park Hospital a couple of days later.’
    • ‘The swoop on gangland counterfeiters followed a pre-Euro 2004 intelligence operation.’
    criminal world, world of crime, organized crime
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