strong-arm man

strong-arm man

A typically large, strong man hired to provide protection, act as an enforcer, or coerce others through physical intimidation or violence. After leaving the Marines, I got some work as a personal strong-arm man for a wealthy entrepreneur. The mob sent over some strong-arm men to force the local business owner into paying protection money. The company had hired a bunch of strong-arm men to protect the development site from protestors.
See also: man

strong-arm man

n. a bully; a man who is employed to use physical power to force someone to do something. Wilbur is Mr. Gutman’s strong-arm man.
See also: man
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A former US ambassador to Baghdad, Negroponte has long held the reputation of being America's diplomatic strong-arm man.
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A short while later, police responded to a call and found the second strong-arm man, also wounded.
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By all means improve security at their offices, but don't let them hide behind a strong-arm man.