Definition of hireling
: a person who serves for hire especially for purely mercenary motives
Examples of hireling in a Sentence
She's one of the political hirelings who run the candidate's campaign.
demanded to speak to the store's owner and not one of his hirelings
Recent Examples of hireling from the Web
No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.
The excuses from the soulless ghouls—and their hirelings in law enforcement—should not be a surprise, either.
Less a bold grab for fortune or glory and more a frantic race back to the cave’s entrance, Hirelings: The Ascent is an enchanting mash-up of Dungeons & Dragons and Candy Land.
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First Known Use of hireling
before 12th century
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Definition of hireling for English Language Learners
: a person who is paid for doing a job that is not respected or that is considered morally wrong
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