hired gun

noun

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

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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, "'Born Yesterday' heroine calls her own shots in American Players Theatre remake," 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, "The Palio di Siena: A Survivor’s Tale," 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, "As States Target High Drug Prices, Pharma Targets State Lawmakers," 6 Mar. 2018 These aren’t founders or major shareholders but hired guns, managers playing with house money. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "A Better Way to Reward CEOs," 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of hired gun

1971, in the meaning defined above

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hired gun

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hired gun

: 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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