head-hunting

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head-hunt·​ing | \ ˈhed-ˌhən-tiŋ How to pronounce head-hunting (audio) \

Definition of head-hunting

1 : the act or custom of seeking out, decapitating, and preserving the heads of enemies as trophies
2 : a seeking to deprive usually political enemies of position or influence

First Known Use of head-hunting

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Head-hunting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head-hunting. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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head-hunting

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English Language Learners Definition of head-hunting

: the activity of finding people who are suited for a particular job

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