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headhunting

[hed-huhn-ting] /ˈhɛdˌhʌn tɪŋ/
noun
1.
(among certain primitive peoples) the practice of hunting down and decapitating victims and preserving their heads as trophies.
2.
the act or practice of actively searching for new employees, especially for professionals or executives:
Every June the electronics manufacturers go headhunting among the newly graduated engineers.
3.
the act or practice of firing without cause, especially someone disliked:
Their periodic headhunting was a contributing factor in the company's failures.
4.
the act or practice of trying to destroy the power, position, or influence of one's competitors or foes:
Headhunting is ferocious in advertising.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; head + hunting

headhunt

[hed-huhnt] /ˈhɛdˌhʌnt/
noun
1.
a headhunting expedition:
The men left the village to go on a headhunt.
verb (used without object)
2.
to engage in headhunting.
Origin
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Slang definitions & phrases for headhunting

headhunt

verb

To act as a headhunter


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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