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punk

noun [C] (CRIMINAL)    /pʌŋk/ mainly US slang
a young man who fights and is involved in criminal activities: Listen to me, you little punk - you do that again and I'm gonna break your neck.Miscellaneous criminals
(Definition of punk noun (CRIMINAL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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