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(KAH-poh) A ranking member of a mafia family
(KAY-poh) A small movable guitar device used to change pitch of all the strings uniformly
Common clues: Crime boss; Mafia bigwig; Mob boss; Syndicate biggie; Gambino family leader; Guitar device; Pitch-raising guitar device; Family head?
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A capo in the Mafia is a ranking member of a Family who heads a crew (or group) of soldiers; a skipper, short for capodecina. Also described as the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate aka chief, top dog, head - a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation".

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A capo (short for capodastra) is a device used for shortening the strings, and hence raising the pitch, of a stringed instrument such as a guitar, mandolin or banjo. There are several different styles of capo available, utilizing a range of mechanisms, but most use a rubber-covered bar to hold down the strings, fastened with a strip of elastic or nylon, a cam-operated metal clamp, or another device.

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