an unscrupulous person or a swindler; esp., a demagogic politician
Origin of highbinderfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps : first recorded use in Highbinders, name of a New York City gang in early 19th circa
- A corrupt politician.
- A member of any of various Chinese-American secret societies active primarily from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s and often involved in criminal activities such as prostitution, blackmail, and hired killings.
Origin of highbinderAfter the Highbinders , a group of ruffians in New York City c. 1806