kingpin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kingpin the front bowling pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins
    • n kingpin bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle
    • n kingpin the most important person in a group or undertaking
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Usage

In literature:

Say, mister, this here hoss can pull the kingpin out of a wagon without sweatin' a hair.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Bryant was the kingpin in the Rock Island deal.
"Halsey & Co." by H. K. Shackleford
I'm the kingpin here.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
They're the kingpins, they make the system work.
"The Circuit Riders" by R. C. FitzPatrick
Jim was the kingpin and we were auxiliaries.
"The Frontier Boys in the Grand Canyon" by Wyn Roosevelt
Worth, kingpin of the Chicago gambling fraternity, had grown old and what is known as the "concession" had fallen into other hands.
"Hooded Detective, Volume III No. 2, January, 1942" by Various
But, best of all, he was now kingpin in Northern New York.
"The Story of the Rome, Watertown, and Ogdensburg RailRoad" by Edward Hungerford
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In news:

Fenton's mortgage fraud kingpin .
An East Bay drug kingpin was sentenced to 262 months in prison -- nearly 22 years.
" Kingpin " Klinepeter, 39, Middleburg.
Suspected cocaine-trafficking ' kingpin ' arrested in Kissimmee.
A man who was charged in June with being a "drug kingpin " in a million-dollar methamphetamine conspiracy pleaded guilty to conspiracy and money-laundering charges Tuesday in Tulsa.
'Drug kingpin ' enters guilty plea to 2 counts.
Possible drug kingpin 's daughter enters plea.
Mexican Cartel Kingpin Pleads Guilty.
Zeta Kingpin 's Corpse Stolen.
EL PASO — A powerful drug kingpin authorities say helped smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into the United States is dead.
Man convicted of being a drug kingpin .
Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties has been moved from a federal prison in Atlanta to a correctional center in New York City.
Venezuela nabs Colombian kingpin 'Loco' Barrera.
2012 Victory Kingpin EQUIPMENT Recall.
Read the complete details of this Kingpin recall issued on Sep 18, 2012 by the NHTSA, including the number of motorcycles affected, consequence, proposed solution from Victory, and more.
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