I blew apart the last thug that tried to get in here.
He took out one thug, Mrs. Watson said proudly.
Thornton, Illustrations of the History and Practices of the Thugs (London, 1837); Meadows Taylor, Confessions of a Thug (London, 1839; new ed.
Like the assassin who obsessed about birthdays and clothing, there were two sides to the man before her: the warm, friendly stranger with whom she'd felt so comfortable she confided to him over the phone without knowing anything about him, and the tattooed thug before them in snug biker leathers.
In a heated moment the phrase "jack-booted thug" slips out, and it is all downhill from there.