Goombah (noun) (informal)
Strictly North American. An associate or accomplice, usually a senior gang member.
Origins unknown, possibly a dialect alteration of Italian compare ‘Godfather, friend, accomplice’.
“He’s the goombah, you’ll have to speak to him.”
Secretly allow (something immoral, illegal, or harmful) to occur.
Conspire to do something immoral, illegal, or harmful.
Early 17th century: from French conniver or Latin connivere ‘shut the eyes (to)’, from con- ‘together’ + an unrecorded word related to nictare ‘to wink’.
Blow a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff./ Manually remove chaff from grain.
Remove (people or things) from a group until only the best ones are left./ Find the useful part of something.
Old English windwian, from wind (see wind).