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thug

noun [C] uk   /θʌɡ/ us  
a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime: Some thugs smashed his windows.
thuggish
adjective uk   /ˈθʌɡ.ɪʃ/ informal us  
a thuggish-looking youth with a shaven head and tattoos on his arms
Translations of “thug”
in Korean 폭력배…
in Arabic بَلْطَجي, قَبَضاي…
in French voyou…
in Turkish haydut, eşkiya…
in Italian malvivente, teppista…
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡棍, 暴徒, 罪犯…
in Russian хулиган…
in Polish bandzior, opryszek, zbir…
in Spanish bestia, gamberro…
in Portuguese bandido…
in German der/die Gewaltverbrecher(in)…
in Catalan pinxo, perdonavides…
in Japanese 暴漢, 悪党…
in Chinese (Simplified) 恶棍, 暴徒, 罪犯…
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