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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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It should not be hijacked by those who use football as an excuse to behave thuggishly under a club badge, be it Villa, Blues or the Baggies.
And as the dwarf lookalike with tombstone teeth returned to the American obscurity for which he was designed we were left wondering why he was so thuggishly rude.
With Vladimir Putin thuggishly stealing Crimea from Ukraine, and serious concern about whether he will also invade eastern Ukraine, a debate is unfolding about whether President Barack Obama is doing enough to stand up to tyranny.
The court was told the decision to kettle protesters at the climate camp was justified because there were fears of the serious risk of them being joined by "dispersing demonstrators from another substantial crowd" which had behaved thuggishly.
No matter with what heavy tragedy the actor plays the role, no matter how thuggishly or foppishly the Venetians are portrayed ...
Shutting down all means of communication and thuggishly closing off sources of news, as is now occurring in Honduras, are the ways of that dark past, a time when the United States was complicit in such tactics.
How can unspeakable violence be spoken, and what of the names of forebears and nations negligently, purposefully and thuggishly suppressed in the making of modern states and nationalisms?
DEBBIE is shocked when her daughter Sarah draws a picture that shows Jo crying with Andy towering thuggishly over her.