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goon squad

A group of people hired or acting for the purposes of enforcement, protection, intimidation, and/or harassment on behalf of someone else. Primarily heard in US. After Mr. Smith refused to pay the mafia protection money, they sent a goon squad around to rough him up.
See also: goon, squad

goon squad

1. n. an organized group of thugs; a gang of toughs. (Underworld.) The goon squad Mr. Big sent around scared the devil out of Wilmer.
2. n. the police. My old buddy on the goon squad tells me there’ll be some action over on Maple Street tonight.
See also: goon, squad
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If they believe the FBI has become some kind of deep-state partisan goon squad, they ought to offer less flimsy evidence than uncovering a few career FBI agents who vote for Democrats (or are married to one).
Jennifer Egan's immensely satisfying fifth novel, Manhattan Beach, the follow-up to A Visit From the Goon Squad (2010), which won a Pulitzer Prize, has a good deal of that kind of life-swamping and life-supplementing effect.
In the wake of her dazzling Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan's deftly plotted new novel, Manhattan Beach, is a surprise.
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Cowart closes with a chapter on Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad (chapter ten), in which he shows how Egan "crafts an allegory of the artistic belatedness that troubles every new generation" (191).
Texts used as examples include Jennifer EganAEs A Visit from the Goon Squad, Dave EggersAEs A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Jasper FfordeAEs Thursday-Next series, and Julian BarnesAEs England, England and The Sense of an Ending.
The story lines crisscross each other, with connections slowly revealed in a fashion reminiscent of recent novels like David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas or Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Well, suffice it to say that "Edward" has a few more miles on him than advertised, as well as some special skills (as in Special Forces) that come in handy once Damian starts asking too many questions, and finds himself on the run from a vast Phoenix Biogenic goon squad led by the hard-to-kill Anton (Derek Luke, playing a version of "The Matrix's" endlessly regenerative Agent Smith).
Peter finds that out the hard way when the goon squad visits, requesting his presence in the big man's cell, as Ken and Deirdre wait anxiously in the visiting room.
The linked-stories genre has been on the rise in the past decade, with several notable works--Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge (2008), Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin (2009), and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad (2011), to name just a few--winning awards and making their way onto bestseller lists.
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan: Interconnected narratives, leaping back and forth in time, and notionally about the music industry.
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The SP government needs to realise that enhancing its goon squad won't comfort the people.
The novel, a collection of 13 interconnected short stories, describes the depredations of time (the goon squad of the title, because "time's a goon") upon a cast of characters who first meet in San Francisco's punk scene in the late 1970s.
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