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hireling (noun) person hired to do something, especially something bad.

A person is a hireling if they are willing to do anything for anyone who pays them for it. A hireling is a mercenary willing to do anything just for a payment. Antisocial elements use hirelings for their criminal activities. A hired soldier is a hireling. A person you hire to fight for you is a hireling. A person whom, for example, the mafia hires to smuggle drugs is a hireling.

  • Jeff bought off the hireling whom Tom had engaged to kill Jeff. As Jeff offered a higher sum than Tom had, the hireling swapped sides and gave up killing Jeff.
  • Hirelings have no loyalty. They work for whichever person pays them money.
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