hire·​ling | \ ˈhī(-ə)r-liŋ How to pronounce hireling (audio) \

Definition of hireling

: a person who serves for hire especially for purely mercenary motives

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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 on the Web Not since Carson Palmer has one of Mike Brown’s hirelings had the emperor in such a headlock. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: If Marvin's back, Bengals better have Super reason," 2 Jan. 2018 This dangerous idea is being pushed by Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, a U.S. contracting firm whose private security hirelings famously shot up civilians in Baghdad. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Trump would be bonkers to listen to Blackwater founder's plan to use mercenaries in Afghanistan| Trudy Rubin," 18 Aug. 2017 No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave. Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "Michael Vick is wrong: A haircut won't help Colin Kaepernick, or any black man," 18 July 2017 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. WIRED, "Turn Your Family Into NPCs With Hirelings: The Ascent," 16 Aug. 2012 The excuses from the soulless ghouls—and their hirelings in law enforcement—should not be a surprise, either. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "A Weird, Violent Day in America," 10 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of hireling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Hireling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hireling. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hireling

disapproving : a person who is paid for doing a job that is not respected or that is considered morally wrong

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