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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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Thuggish behaviour like this is simply not acceptable.
And it is not unusual to hear that the security personnel of the assaulted place had at best only ordinary guns, definitely no match at all to the most deadly sophisticated weaponry the thugs carry under their arms for perpetrating their thuggish errands.
Summary: Sidon's residents are becoming increasingly wary of Hezbollah's Resistance Brigades, which local leaders and organizations describe as increasingly thuggish and violent.
Ross Kemp: The Invisible Wounded (Sky1, tomorrow, 9pm) | HE made his name playing thuggish Grant Mitchell on EastEnders before donning the mantle of action hero Henno in ITV1's Ultimate Force.
Thuggish liberalism was on display during the aborted confirmation process of Robert Bork for the Supreme Court, and at a time when the leftist wolf pack went after Clarence Thomas, hoping to sink his nomination as well.
He actually set it back a decade in an inauspicious run with one of the lesser versions of the belt - and is now dragging it through the mud with a tawdry Luxembourgsanctioned bout with thuggish Chisora.
Hamad said Lieberman's statements represent how Israel is governed: with "a thuggish and aggressive mentality.
Judge Peter Heywood sentenced Harrison to eight months in a young offenders' institution and told him: "You behaved in a thuggish way.
The United States supports the most thuggish regime in the world, which is the Zionist regime".
He wrote the following: "The thuggish Israeli government's policy of massacring innocent civilians in the spurious claim of self-defence"
Yes, you are right; just like all inner cities, we continue to have the thuggish minority set on continuingwith their lives of crime.
Choosing to ignore the very real fact that it is the responsibility of national governments to rebuke and regulate thuggish corporate greed, he focuses all his resentment of ruthless corporate activity on Coca-Cola.