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The American Malefactor’s Dictionary: arch-cove and arch gonnof

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– the head of a gang or mob; governor; president.

arch gonnof

– the head of a gang of thieves.

The use of “arch” to signify the leader or head of a gang is still in use today. Action-adventure movies or television shows often use the terms “arch enemy” or “arch villain.”

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Note: See “Cant: The Language of the Underworld” to learn more about the background of the American Malefactor’s Dictionary.

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