hired gun

noun
|Updated on: 4 Jul 2018

Definition of hired gun

: an expert hired to do a specific and often ethically dubious job

Examples of hired gun in a Sentence

  1. business executives and the hired guns they pay to polish their images

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First Known Use of hired gun

1971

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HIRED GUN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of hired gun for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is paid to kill someone

  • : a person who is hired to do a specific job and especially one that some people consider to be morally wrong


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