A few days earlier a ruffian had snatched a woman's chain.
He too, the boy thinks, has known hard times: the bully on the next block, the ruffians in his third grade class.
In early twentieth-century Chicago, where guns were readily available, local ruffians were less inclined to announce that they would abide no disrespect or take on all corners.
Even the tsotsis, the unkempt street ruffians of the 1930s, began to embrace the quest for style in the 1950s.
Such rowdy, ruffianly , and apparently motiveless violence has a much longer history than the term hooligan.
Obviously, it was a case of collusion between the state and the lawbreaking ruffians .
These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians .
But Morgan makes enemies right away when he foils a mugging by a gang of local ruffians .
This first feature filmed in Irish follows the tale of an aging producer of poitin (the Irish equivalent of moonshine) and the two young ruffians who rob him.
On New Year's Day 1753 an eighteen-year-old London maidservant called Elizabeth Canning was abducted in the City by two ruffians .