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MOB GLOSSARY

  • Made Man: an inducted member of the Mafia.
  • Family: an organized crime clan.
  • Outfit: a clan, or family within the Mafia.
  • Omertà: to take a vow of silence in the Mafia, punishable by death if not upheld.
  • "Fuggedaboutit": an exclamation, or literally "forget about it."
  • Garbage Business: euphemism for organized crime.
  • Waste-Management Business: euphemism for organized crime.
  • Comare ("Goomah" or "Goomar"): a Mafia mistress.
  • Cosa Nostra (Our Thing): mob term for the family or Mafia. "This thing of ours."
  • Soldier: the bottom-level member of an organized crime family who is made, "foot soldiers."
  • Wiseguy: a made man.
  • Whack: to murder; also clip, hit, pop, burn, put a contract out.
  • Cement Shoes: a method of murder or body disposal. Involves weighting down victim, dead/alive, with concrete and throwing them into water in the hope the body will never be found.
  • One-Way Ride/Taking someone for a ride: an execution method.
  • Spring Cleaning: cleaning up, hiding or getting rid of evidence.
  • Pinched: to get caught by the cops or federal agents.
  • Button/Button Man: a Mafia hit man, or made man.
  • Make One's Bones: gain credibility by killing someone.