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[muhs-uh l-man] /ˈmʌs əlˌmæn/

noun, plural musclemen.
Informal. a with a muscular or brawny physique, especially a bodybuilder.
Slang. a bodyguard, especially one hired to intimidate others, often by strong-arm methods.
noun (pl) -men
a man with highly developed muscles
a henchman employed by a gangster to intimidate or use violence upon victims

1929, originally “an underworld enforcer;” sense of “strong man” first attested 1952; from muscle (n.) + man (n.).


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