goombah


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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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But because her know-it-all surgeon had tossed her goombah into the formalin fixative, they would never know exactly what it had been.
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And as a present Kray gave Allardyce a gold identity bracelet carrying the inscription: "Goombah - My son."
Man, can Monahan write dialogue, and not just goombah threats and vulgarities, although he's great with those.
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These are his fellow Americans Lana (Jennifer Mudge), a young woman more concerned about lunch than art, and Leo (Yul Vazquez), a goombah type who sneers at Hector's learned observations and is primarily interested in getting Lana into bed.
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The four middle-aged guys at the center of the action are all-purpose "ethnic" second bananas, serious actors who idolize De Niro, Pacino and Hoffman but make a living playing "goombah hit men" on "NYPD Blue." Although comfortably enough off in suburban L.A., they would still cut off a pinky to be the next Joe Pesci, an authentic street type who managed to break through to the big time.