MEANING: noun: A swindler, gangster, or a corrupt politician.

ETYMOLOGY: After the Highbinders, a Chinese gang in New York and other cities from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. Earliest documented use: 1806.

THIGHBINDER - poultice for a torn quadriceps

HIGHMINDER - one with his head in the clouds

HIGHBANDER - member of a piccolo ensemble