Button-man definition

A low-ranking member of an organized crime syndicate.
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A contract killer; a professional assassin.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of button-man - buttonman

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
button-man
Plural:
button-men

Origin of button-man

  • From a comparison between such a man and a soldier (wearing a uniform with buttons)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition