hireling [hīr′liŋ]
[ HIRE + -LING1]
a person who is for hire; esp., one who will follow anyone's orders for pay; mercenary
of or like a hireling; mercenary

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  • hireling — UK [ˈhaɪə(r)lɪŋ] / US [ˈhaɪrlɪŋ] noun [countable] Word forms hireling : singular hireling plural hirelings mainly literary someone who is willing to do unpleasant or illegal jobs for people in order to earn money …   English dictionary

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  • hireling — noun Date: before 12th century a person who serves for hire especially for purely mercenary motives …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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