- (among certain primitive peoples) the practice of hunting down and decapitating victims and preserving their heads as trophies.
- 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.
- the act or practice of firing without cause, especially someone disliked: Their periodic headhunting was a contributing factor in the company's failures.
- 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 of headhunting
- a headhunting expedition: The men left the village to go on a headhunt.
- to engage in headhunting.
Origin of headhunt
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Examples from the Web for headhunting
You said a headhunting firm put that bogus degree on your résumé and you never noticed it.Farewell, Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson, Ousted for a Résumé Lie
May 13, 2012