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goombah

1. slang A close, trusted friend. Typically used by or in reference to Italian Americans. Don't worry, you can speak freely in front of Al—he's my goombah.
2. slang A low-level mafia member who uses or threatens violence as a means of coercion or enforcement; a mafia thug or enforcer. A couple of goombahs smashed up my restaurant when I refused to pay protection money.

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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You can interact with and possess a range of enemies and objects with your hat friend Cappy, taking control of everything from Goomba and Koopa to pieces of meat, lightning bolts and even a T-Rex.
In his popular blog, Johnny DeCarlo (2010) makes a case for speaking an Italian-American 'Goomba language':
Participants: Angler Fish Market & Chowder Co., Black Diamond II at Wachusett Village Inn, Blueprint New American Bar and Grille and McNally's Grille & Pub, all of Westminster; Black Diamond Restaurant at Wachusett Ski Area and Sonoma Restaurant, both in Princeton; Carriage House Restaurant in Winchendon; Dario's Brick Oven Ristorante, Ixtapa Cantina and Kabob-E-Liciuous, all in Lunenburg; Devens Common Center in Devens; Edible Arrangements, Fitchburg Senior Center, Goomba's Pizzeria, Gourmet Donuts, Legends Bar and Grill, Moran Square Diner, S.S.
Pac-Man was eating books instead of power pellets; Super Mario was jumping over green pipes to avoid a goomba; and the four Pac-Man ghosts were hiding behind a huge book that said "READ!" For the 2011-2012 school year, the TAB made a goal to reach five hundred participants.
That perception seemed as if it were slowly changing in 1999 with the success of "The Sopranos," which moved beyond goomba stereotypes to present a nuanced portrait of organized crime in the Garden State.
Having grown up skating together around San Diego over the years, they've earned the goomba from the Mafia's Underbosses and Dons.
We drove past Goomba Pizza on the way to Dyer High, its windows and neon signs dark, and I wondered if the people who make the pizza and deliver it are all sleeping and warm.
In the Ted Rall cartoon, Charlie, who is a disfigured student with a disability, is featured drooling while making utterances like "erp!" and "goomba goom!" and shown having an "accident" in the classroom.
Goomba's Book of Love: How to Love like a Guy from the Neighborhood.
To make sure every Goomba stomp looks as authentic as possible, all games can be played in three display modes.
Angler Fish Market and Chowder Company, Joseph's Bistro, McNally's Grille & Pub and Wachusett Village Inn, all in Westminster; AppleWood's Restaurant at Courtyard by Marriott Fitchburg, Dickie's Grillin', Edible Arrangements, Goomba's Pizzeria, Moran Square Diner, Oak Hill Country Club and The Boulder, all of Fitchburg; Black Diamond Restaurant at Wachusett Mountain and Sonoma Restaurant, both in Princeton; Carriage House Restaurant, Glenn Caffe and Lucky Dragon II, all in Winchendon; Chocksett Inn and Restaurant, Meadowbrook Orchards and Twin Oaks Restaurant, all in Sterling; Gardner Ale House in Gardner; Polar Beverages in Worcester; Ristorante Via Alto 27 in Clinton; and The Bootlegger Restaurant and Ixtapa Cantina, both in Lunenburg.
The starting points for the Halloween fun are Goomba's at 150 Main St., Premier Subs at 500 Main St.
His ethnic-based antics have earned him the title "Uncle Tomasso" from one activist who compares America's mayor "goomba" goofing around to blacks who act like "Uncle Toms."
Confront him with a goomba who is short on payment and our favourite killer clown would put a bullet through his head sooner than you can eat a bowl of pasta.
If I come across 1993's 'Super Mario Bros,' I'm hoping to catch the scene of Goombas appearing in an elevator.