headhunt

verb
head·​hunt | \ ˈhed-ˌhənt How to pronounce headhunt (audio) \
headhunted; headhunting; headhunts

Definition of headhunt

transitive verb

: to recruit (personnel and especially executives) for top-level jobs

intransitive verb

: to recruit personnel for top-level jobs

Examples of headhunt in a Sentence

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Pay for the highest ranks could top $3 million this year, a few hundred thousand dollars more than a year ago, according to a survey by headhunting firm Options Group. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Biggest Pay Raise on Wall Street Goes to Stock Derivatives Traders," 28 Nov. 2018 Following early success at EMI Classics, Foster was headhunted by Richard Branson to be the founding managing director of Virgin Classics, before going on to lead BMG Classics UK. Regina Cho, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Promotions at Live Nation, Dick Clark Productions, Partisan Records & More," 26 Jan. 2018 Intelligence service offers ’exciting career change’ Facebook page has wider reach than website, Mossad says Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency is turning to Facebook for headhunting help. Alisa Odenheimer, Bloomberg.com, "Israel's Mossad Spy Agency Turns to Facebook for Recruiting," 21 Dec. 2017 At the same meeting, a veteran teacher my school can’t bear to lose admitted he was being headhunted by a better-paying district close to his girlfriend’s house in Silicon Valley. Andrew Simmons, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Teacher Next Door," 28 June 2017 Headhunting went from being an act of valor to a crime. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "At 100 or So, She Keeps a Philippine Tattoo Tradition Alive," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of headhunt

1969, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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