kingpin kingpin  /ˈkɪŋ ˌpɪn/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the most important person in a group or undertaking
  2. (n) bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle
  3. (n) the front bowling pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins

Usage(s):

  1. In 1979 Jimmy,described by federal prosecutors as the kingpin of a narcotics empire in the Southwest, was indicted for drug smuggling.
  2. Mexican druglord Joaqun Guzmn, 52, is the new Pablo Escobar, a kingpin testing the ability of a nascent democracy to control organized crime.
  3. There are also pictures of establishment figures caught in flagrante in a bondage brothel and a ledger recording the payoffs made to the police by a porn kingpin.

News

  1. Whitey Bulger — alleged mobster and informant — finally goes on trial in Boston

    It’s been more than 30 years, but former FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick remembers well his first meeting with accused Boston mob kingpin and future fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger.“When I interviewed him, he said he was not an informant and I found that odd because my whole reason for going out there was to assess him as an informant,” Fitzpatrick said on the eve of opening statements in Bulger’s ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  2. As trial looms, Whitey Bulger says he's no snitch

    It’s been more than 30 years, but former FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick remembers well his first meeting with accused Boston mob kingpin and future fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  3. Fracking Russia: Country Rules On Shale Oil, If They Can Pull It Out Of The Ground

    The U.S. is seeing a fossil fuel revival thanks to fracking technologies allowing for shale oil and gas recovery. But Russia is the kingpin when it comes to shale oil, if they can develop the technologies required to pull it out of the ground that is.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Forbes

Quotes

  1. "This drug kingpin bragged that he waged jihad against Americans by poisoning them with his heroin," Tandy said. "His attack was unconventional, and his massive drug profits funded the Taliban and other extremist organizations dedicated to...
    on Oct 5, 2007 By: Karen Tandy Source: Reuters

  2. "It is shocking that a former president of the United States would sit down and speak with a terrorist kingpin like Khaled Mashal," Cantor said.
    on Apr 11, 2008 By: Eric Cantor Source: Media General Washington Bureau

  3. "Obviously, this is the pinnacle and the creme de la creme of all the preseason tournaments. This is the kingpin and any other analogy you'd like to use. That's why it's so special," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "When you look up and you see...
    on Nov 25, 2009 By: Mark Few Source: USA Today

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