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(S.A.) Nazi militia who terrorized citizens. [Germ. Hist.: WB, H:238]
Alex’s rough and tough band of hooligans. [Br. Lit.: A Clockwork Orange]
London toughs; terrorized old men, women, and children (1711-1714). [Br. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 406]
Jets and Sharks
medieval para-military thugs. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 463]
hostile street gangs. [Am. Lit. and Cinema: West Side Story]
bullies terrorizing London streets in 18th century. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 720]
London hooligans, at turn of the 18th century. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 972]
young bullies in late 17th-century London. [Br. Hist: Brewer Dictionary, 1087]
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