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kingpin

1. n. a major figure in organized crime. (Underworld. From the term for the front bowling pin in a triangular array of pins.) The drug kingpins are well protected.
2. n. a boss. My uncle is the kingpin in this organization.
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In scenes not dissimilar to business meetings, kingpins may host educational sessions, sometimes at a local hotel meeting room, bar, restaurant even a hair salon.
The communique referred to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, signed into law in 1999 by former US President Bill Clinton.
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Last week, a US Senate committee found that a "pervasively polluted" HSBC culture had provided an avenue for "drug kingpins and rogue nations" to funnel $7 billion from into the bank's Mexico operations into the US between 2007 and 2008.
Abbas Hussein Harb, Ibrahim Chibli, Ali Hussein Harb and Kassem Mohamad Saleh were named drug kingpins for laundering millions of dollars of drug related proceeds through Lebanon.
Meanwhile, Athleague are at home to Mayo kingpins James Stephens today in the Connacht hurling semi-final replay (1.
The most irresponsible people in all the 1980s were those at the top of the ladder: the inside traders, quick buck artists and S&L kingpins who looked out for themselves and not for the country," read the party's platform.
Focus on New Developments and New Trademarks at Kingpins New York, July 13-14
Kingpins, steering knuckles, spindles and all other front axle components will be completely interchangeable.
announce that INVISTA will sponsor the upcoming Kingpins shows, starting with the next edition to be held in New York City July 13-14.
The pressure is on HBO tonight when the first of a dozen new episodes debuts, picking up the action of the Mafia kingpins who are as confused about family and contemporary life as the rest of us.
Bolkovac's investigation revealed that peacekeepers and civilian UN personnel provided a lucrative market for the kingpins of the Balkan sex slavery ring.
Franklin's handlers also called upon one of the finest rhythm sections in history, King Curtis' Kingpins (led by the brilliant r&b sax honker, with guitarist Cornell Dupree, bassist Jerry Jemmott and drummer Bernard Purdie).
Presidential Designation of Foreign Narcotics Kingpins
The debate has sparked rare discord among members of the council, who want to maximize their power, and kingpins in the downtown power structure, who blanch at the prospect of buying off multiple politicians instead of just one.