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thug

(formerly) a member of an organization of robbers and assassins in India who typically strangled their victims
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Setting out his vision for Home Office workers in London, Liverpool and Croydon, Mr Blunkett said: 'Inevitably, the first priorities for me will be preventing crime, building safer communities and clamping down on thuggish behaviour.'
By allowing smacking, society allows bru - tal thuggish parents to ``test the boundaries'',firstly a slap, then a good hiding, thenVictoria Climbie and others.
'We've seen other elements taking over here, a rabble, thuggish elements, representatives of paramilitaries, hijacking this protest and it's intolerable.'
Mr Justice McCloskey said: "This was a thuggish attack involving a sickening and quite frightful degree of violence."
THUGGISH footballer Joey Barton is as stupid as he is arrogant.
It is terrible enough when children bully other children, but there is absolutely no excuse for this thuggish behaviour.
Making yob-affected clubs play behind closed doors would have a greater effect: the law-abiding, football-loving fans would soon boot out their thuggish neighbours once and for all, if they found they could not see their team play.
The mild-mannered nurse goes completely nuts when thuggish Tommy wrongly accuses him of cheating on his daughter Katy.
ONE can only hope that the Government will succeed in reducing the current level of thuggish, loutish and often criminal behaviour of a great mass of people who don't care what damage or hurt they inflict.
Judge Katherine Delahunt said Gavin's behaviour was "thuggish".
The two thuggish servants are played by Michael Kitchen and Birmingham actor Terence Rigby, who is best remembered as P.-c.
THE father of a 15-year-old stabbed in the face at school yesterday slammed the "thuggish attitude that is blighting society".