• WordNet 3.6
    • n highbinder a corrupt politician
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Highbinder A ruffian; one who hounds, or spies upon, another; app. esp. to the members of certain alleged societies among the Chinese.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n highbinder A bold, roystering rowdy; an insolent ruffian; one of a gang which commits outrages on persons or property “for fun.” Highbinders, so called, were known in New York, Baltimore, and other cities before 1849. In that year and subsequently they became familiar in California, where at present the name is used only as in the next definition.
    • n highbinder A member of a Chinese secret society, band, or gang, said to exist in California and other parts of the United States, associated for blackmailing purposes, and even for assassination, in the interest and pay of other societies or individuals.
    • highbinder Supremely happy.
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In literature:

And twelve for Tessie, and eight for this highbinder on my knee, here!
"Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby and Other Stories" by Kathleen Norris
But a highbinder in one's own house!
"Army Letters from an Officer's Wife, 1871-1888" by Frances M.A. Roe
The Highbinders are organized into lodges or tongs, which are engaged in constant feuds with each other.
"My Native Land" by James Cox
Remember, Mawruss, you got to tell him that as a partner I am a crank and a regular highbinder.
"Potash & Perlmutter" by Montague Glass
Petey was highbinder of the gang that year and was very far gone in crime.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
The Chinese lived their own lives in their own way and settled their own quarrels with the revolvers of their highbinders.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
He'd make a dandy highbinder.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
I mean to beat this highbinder at his own favorite game.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
And Boss Tolley, Tom Hicks, and them other highbinders can sulk in their dens and suck their paws.
"The Heart of Canyon Pass" by Thomas K. Holmes
It was one Joe Ding, a notorious highbinder.
"The Bradys' Chinese Clew" by Francis Worcester Doughty
And twelve for Tessie, and eight for this highbinder on my knee, here!
"Atlantic Narratives" by Mary Antin