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1. A corrupt politician.
2. A member of any of various Chinese-American secret societies active primarily from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s and often involved in criminal activities such as prostitution, blackmail, and hired killings.
[After the Highbinders, a group of ruffians in New York City c. 1806.]
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1. a gangster
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a corrupt politician
3. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a member of a Chinese-American secret society that engaged in blackmail, murder, etc
[C19: named after the High-binders, a New York city gang]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a dishonest politician.
2. a member of a secret Chinese society engaged in U.S. cities in blackmail, assassination, etc.
[1800–10, Amer.; of obscure orig.]
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