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public enemy

n
(Law) a notorious person, such as a criminal, who is regarded as a menace to the public
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pub′lic en′emy


n.
a person or thing considered a danger or menace to the public, esp. a criminal widely sought by law-enforcement agencies.
[1750–60]
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Translations

public enemy

nnemico or pericolo pubblico
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Cornish was attacked as though he had suddenly become a public enemy, when he set out to establish the first telephone service.
That this correspondence with the public enemy was not a correspondence of to-day, or of yesterday, or even of last year, or of the year before.
It was finally decided that the whole nation of Pygmies should set to work to destroy Hercules; not, be it understood, from any doubt that a single champion would be capable of putting him to the sword, but because he was a public enemy, and all were desirous of sharing in the glory of his defeat.
Labelled Public Enemy Number One by FBI boss J Edgar Hoover, Baby Face Nelson's life of crime began when he was just 13, and he ended up killing three agents.
Calling himself a hip-hop activist, Allen's first published article has been described in 2007 as "one of the first pieces to illuminate the political ideology behind (Public Enemy), whose militant demeanor and confrontational lyrics initially confused and baffled the mainstream white press."
'There is another interesting case concerning public enemy number one,' Calida said during a Palace briefing as he enumerated the cases handled by his office.
Dubbed public enemy number one by Scotland Yard, the bank robber had already fled from a prison taxi taking him to Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight, so was moved to the North East as a high-risk inmate.
The domain, Prophets of Rage, is named after a Public Enemy song, and arrived with a red-and-black militaristic logo.
Their audience interaction is unrivalled, I have never seen anything like it - but it draws in the viewer and once you're in that Public Enemy whirlwind you are bouncing along with them on the stage.
Public Enemy were fiercely active on stage and worked their way through favourites like Bring the Noise and Fight the Power, with tracks from their latest album Man Plans, God Laughs woven in for good measure.
On paper, Public Enemy didn't seem like the perfect opener for the Essex rave icons but once Chuck D and Flavor Flav and co got proceedings underway, the aggression and energy they brought to the arena was the ideal warm up for the crowd.
Former chef Alan Thomson, 43, a lifelong Public Enemy fan, was at the festival with son Rudy, eight, and cousin Jenny Cummins.

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