hired gun


Definition of hired gun

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

Examples of hired gun in a Sentence

business executives and the hired guns they pay to polish their images
Recent Examples on the Web The ironically named Pleasant Valley War began as a dispute between the Grahams and the Tewksburys and eventually ensnared friends, neighbors and hired guns. Roger Naylor, azcentral, 12 Dec. 2019 They are hired guns in one of Manila’s hundreds of troll farms churning out fake content, false narratives and anything else the client wants. Washington Post, 26 July 2019 The retailer went on to reportedly hire gun control lobbyists in April. Nadra Nittle, Vox, 17 Dec. 2018 Political opponents and hired guns sling mud and cast aspersions, sometimes concocting things from whole cloth. Chad Pergram, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2018 Nobody in this play is more lost than Ed Devery, a lawyer who’d once been a crusading idealist, before becoming Harry’s hired gun and a drunk. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 June 2018 The contrade pay their jockeys handsomely to ride for them, yet these jockeys are hired guns and fundamentally unfaithful. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2018 About 10 pharma lobbyists flooded the room in Baton Rouge's art deco state Capitol, some of them hired guns — lobbyists who'd never represented drug companies before, remembers Jeff Drozda, an insurance lobbyist at the 2016 meeting. Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2018 These aren’t founders or major shareholders but hired guns, managers playing with house money. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, 31 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of hired gun

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Hired gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hired%20gun. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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