ringleader


ringleader

noun

  1. a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority, law, etc.: a ringleader of revolutionary activities.

noun

  1. a person who leads others in any kind of unlawful or mischievous activity
n.

c.1500, from Middle English phrase to lead the ring (mid-14c.), probably from a medieval metaphor from dancing. See ring (n.1) + lead (v.1).

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