1. a person or thing that enforces.
  2. the member of a group, especially of a gang, charged with keeping dissident members obedient.
  3. a person, especially a public official, who enforces laws, regulations, rules, or the like.
  4. Also called policeman. Ice Hockey. a physically intimidating or willingly belligerent player who is counted on to retaliate when rough tactics are used by the opposing team.

1570s, agent noun from enforce. Meaning “intimidator” is from 1934, U.S. underworld slang.

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