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hireling

[hahyuh r-ling] /ˈhaɪər lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person who works only for pay, especially in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of the work.
adjective
2.
serving for pay only.
3.
venal; mercenary.
Origin of hireling
late Middle English
1000
before 1000; late Middle English hirlyng, Old English hȳrling. See hire, -ling1
Synonyms
1. menial, minion, flunky, lackey, retainer.
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hireling

/ˈhaɪəlɪŋ/
noun
1.
(derogatory) a person who works only for money, esp one paid to do something unpleasant
Word Origin
Old English hӯrling; related to Dutch huurling; see hire, -ling1
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Word Origin and History for hireling
n.

"one who works for hire," Old English hyrling; see hire + -ling. As an adjective by 1580s.

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