Meaning of “henchman” in the English Dictionary

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"henchman" in British English

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henchmannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhentʃ.mən/ us /ˈhentʃ.mən/ plural -men uk /-mən/ us disapproving

someone who does unpleasant or illegal things for a powerful person:

Like other dictators, he tried to distance himself from the dirty deeds carried out by his henchmen.

(Definition of “henchman” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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henchmannoun [ C ]

us /ˈhentʃ·mən/ plural -men /-ˌmen/ disapproving

a person who is loyal to and works for someone in a position of authority and is willing to help that person even by hurting others or by committing crimes:

Although the president kept himself above the fray, his henchmen were blaming everyone.

(Definition of “henchman” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)