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Hoodlum   /hˈʊdləm/   Listen

An aggressive and violent young criminal.  Synonyms: goon, hood, punk, strong-armer, thug, tough, toughie.

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"Hoodlum" Quotes from Famous Books

... but for all that you know very little about me I guess. Some people call me "Hoodlum," and "Pest," and even "Rat of the Air." I hope you don't. It is only the folks who don't like me ...
— Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [December, 1897], Vol 2. No 6. • Various

... little fearful of this strange apparition with its presiding genius saw that if he were going to act he must act quickly for though Pee-wee was king of the island he seemed not able to govern its capricious fancy. Clutch the tree as he would, the gap between scout and hoodlum persistently widened, and the island seemed bent on hurrying ...
— Pee-Wee Harris Adrift • Percy Keese Fitzhugh

... at this latest band of marauders. They were young men of from seventeen and eighteen to twenty-three and -four years of age, and bore the unmistakable stamp of the hoodlum class. There were vicious faces among them—faces so vicious as to make Joe's flesh creep as he looked at them. A couple grasped him tightly by the arms, and Fred and Charley were similarly ...
— The Cruise of the Dazzler • Jack London

Words linked to "Hoodlum" :   crook, outlaw, felon, punk, criminal, bully, malefactor

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