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A person who engages in crime and violence; a hooligan or gangster.
gangster, gang member, mobster, criminal, gunman, thug, racketeer, ruffian, member of a criminal gang, member of the mafia, mafioso, yardiehooligan, thug, lout, delinquent, tearaway, vandal, ruffian, rowdyView synonyms
- ‘Suddenly a gang of young hoodlums enters, led by a thug named Frankie McCarthy.’
- ‘When he talks of cracking down on the hoodlums and thugs who make life miserable on Britain's poorest estates, people listen because they suspect he knows whereof he speaks.’
- ‘The gist is this: there's a small Scottish town plagued with young hoodlums whose violence is getting out of hand.’
- ‘The aim is to reduce the number of criminals who prey on tourists and get young hoodlums off the streets.’
- ‘Over time, Taylor begins to enjoy life as a car-jacking hoodlum.’
- ‘But this was the work of a handful of hoodlums, terrorists or just plain criminals.’
- ‘So you mean to tell me that those hoodlums are free to go after what they have been doing to my son?’
- ‘Doesn't such an attitude encourage hoodlums to commit such crimes again and again?’
- ‘Here was a young man who had left his middle-class home to fight alongside labourers, professors, artists and hoodlums.’
- ‘Then they saw thugs and hoodlums taking over the streets.’
- ‘Not content to leave it at that, the gang of hoodlums chased after the drunken trio.’
- ‘He was a gangster, a hoodlum, a thug: much less creative than his dad.’
- ‘First of all a fearless, infallible hero pitted against a bunch of hoodlums and brutal, power-crazy politicians is too stereotypical for words.’
- ‘Off-licences selling alcohol to underage drinkers could be targeted as tough tactics are adopted to stop teenage hoodlums terrorising a town.’
- ‘The hoodlums reportedly beat Palestinian villagers and vandalised their property.’
- ‘But the most horrific incident of this sort in the novel occurs when Lorraine is raped by C. C. Baker and his gang of hoodlums.’
- ‘In fact, many people believe gangsters and hoodlums are vicious and violent by nature.’
- ‘A pair of London hoodlums, rejected by the established criminal set, execute a spate of robberies, which finally results in the death of a policeman.’
- ‘Instead the tabloids were full of stories about gangs of hoodlums running out of control, terrorising vulnerable people.’
- ‘One particularly edgy sequence involves the hijacking of a transit bus by a young hoodlum, who's then frustrated by the unwillingness of his hostages to express themselves honestly to him.’
Late 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.
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