underboss

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un·der·boss

 (ŭn′dər-bôs′, -bŏs′)
n.
An assistant to a chief, especially in a crime syndicate.

underboss

(ˈʌndəˌbɒs)
n
(Sociology) a person who is second in command within a system of organized crime
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Noun1.underboss - an assistant or second-in-command to a chief (especially in a crime syndicate)underboss - an assistant or second-in-command to a chief (especially in a crime syndicate)
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
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Be it the CIA handler or the various narco underbosses you interact with, all have no depth in their characters.
They heard Valenti, in a thick East Brooklyn drawl, describing rules of respect, and the mafia hierarchy of underbosses, consiglieres, capos, skippers, made men and soldiers.
Having grown up skating together around San Diego over the years, they've earned the goomba from the Mafia's Underbosses and Dons.
HOWARD BLUM, GANGLAND: HOW THE FBI BROKE THE MOB (1993) (describing how the FBI was able to arrest famous mafia boss John Gotti when one of his underbosses turned state's evidence against him).