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goombah

(ˈgumbɑ)
n. a buddy; a trusted friend. (Also a term of address. Ultimately from Italian.) He’s my goombah. I can trust him.
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He's a lively stage presence, too, though (especially next to the tall, handsome Braun) he looked more like one of Tony Soprano's goombahs than a dashing Spanish grandee.
Little Oleg suffers more calamities than Job, facing off with pimps wielding switchblades, smiley pedophiles who put a plastic bag over his head and a bunch of goombahs who want to put a bullet in his head.
These guys have turned so many people I know into speed bumps and I still hear from their goombahs that I'm a dead man walking," Sliwa tells Senior Writer Charles Gasparino in the August 15 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, August 8).
Despite rumours that these three New York goombahs have become, how can we say, rather 'difficult' as their star rises, they are undoubtedly kings of all they survey when caught live in the spotlights.