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hireling

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪəlɪŋ
 
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Definition of hireling in English:

noun

chiefly derogatory
1A person employed to do menial work: he is a poorly paid hireling of a wealthy white woman
More example sentences
  • For ten years before secession, Northerners were commonly referred to as ‘mongrels and hirelings.’
  • Then we sign petitions to crowd our ballots with initiatives, in effect telling our hirelings that we can do a better job than they can.
  • These fascists and hirelings are not rising up, they are stamping back down.
1.1A person who works purely for material reward: the government’s paid hirelings assure us that we’re on our way out of recession
More example sentences
  • Evans said, "he did not see how hireling, landless tenant slaves could ever get the means to buy land."
  • It sounds more like a hireling, who would run at the first sign of a wolf.
  • To such had the policy of the great Irish leader brought the ignorant people who trusted him and his hirelings.

Origin

mid 16th century: from hire + -ling, on the pattern of Dutch huurling.

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