hired-gun

hired gun

noun Informal.
1.
a person hired to kill someone, as a gunfighter or professional killer.
2.
a person hired to bear arms and fight for another, as a bodyguard or mercenary.
3.
a person, as a politician or lobbyist, skilled at attaining power for others.
4.
a person hired to resolve difficult problems or disputes or to handle complex legal or business problems.

Origin:
1965–70

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hired gun definition


  1. n.
    a paid assassin. (Underworld.) : The cops are holding a well-known hired gun until they can prepare charges.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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