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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Nobody talks about these things, and to this short and select list of forbidden historical facts we must now add the familiarity of the Sirica family and its scion with certain goombahs. Big deal.
Actor/playwright Frank Ingrasciotta's Blood Type: Ragu, currently enjoying a successful run at the Belmont Italian American Theater in the Bronx (several of whose productions have moved to Off Broadway), offers an exploration of Sicilian-American identity and culture free of goombahs with guns.
It hardly helps that Rocky and Paulie, sometimes resembling Beckett characters if they were goombahs, endlessly muse about how "the whole world is fallin' apart" but without a deeper sense of loss and regret.
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.
Grant gets to play his brand of charming Englishness again, this time it's against New York City goombahs.
The streets and the goombahs filling it were familiar long ago, and tyro helmer David Feldman's inability to infuse them with anything new will restrict pic to marginal lest status.
Co-star Joe Viterelli, who could be the poster boy for Mafia goombahs, said all Matteo's needed was "a sprinkling of bookmakers" to truly evoke New York.
When he does go for the gunshots, which is rare, his targets are indeed the exasperated or overweight Italian goombahs who have populated every Mob pic ever shot.
The setting is familiar De Niro turf: New York's criminal underworld, the one dominated by old Italian families and dees-and-dohs goombahs. But as an aging patriarch acknowledges upfront, times have changed, with the traditional Mafia no longer concerned with how to divvy up the abundant spoils but with its very survival.