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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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 on the Web Neither should some assistant DA hireling be allowed to forgo appropriate punishment under state law. Star Tribune, 8 Dec. 2020 Like Sade, Epstein had hirelings to procure his victims. Mitchell Abidor, The New York Review of Books, 12 Feb. 2020 Not since Carson Palmer has one of Mike Brown’s hirelings had the emperor in such a headlock. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 10 Apr. 2017 See More

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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 4 Jul. 2022.

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