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English definition of “hireling”

hireling

noun [C]   /ˈhaɪə.lɪŋ/ US  /ˈhaɪr-/ UK disapproving
someone who has been persuaded by an offer of money to do an unpleasant or unpopular job: He's not the boss, he's just a hireling employed to do the dirty work.Employees and colleagues
(Definition of hireling noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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