enforcers


noun

  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.

verb (used with object), en·forced, en·forc·ing.

  1. to put or keep in force; compel obedience to: to enforce a rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
  2. to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
  3. to impose (a course of action) upon a person: The doctor enforced a strict dietary regimen.
  4. to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force: to enforce one’s rights as a citizen.
  5. to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon: He enforced his argument by adding details.

verb (tr)

  1. to ensure observance of or obedience to (a law, decision, etc)
  2. to impose (obedience, loyalty, etc) by or as by force
  3. to emphasize or reinforce (an argument, demand, etc)
n.

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

v.

early 14c., “to drive by physical force;” mid-14c., “make an effort; strengthen a place; compel,” from Old French enforcier or from en- (1) “make, put in” + force. Related: Enforced; enforcing.

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