[ hed-huhn-ting ]
/ ˈhɛdˌhʌn tɪŋ /
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(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.
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How to use headhunting in a sentence
But, thanks to Gallman, head-hunting in the Ifugao country is now a thing of the past.
Whenever an affair of moment is in hand, such as a funeral or a head-hunting expedition, a cañao is held.
But with these people head-hunting is a part of their religious belief, and so all the harder to uproot.
He will retire from politics, from head-hunting among the plutocrats, and will soon be a plutocrat and a palace-dweller himself.The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig|David Graham Phillips
But I hope you won't feel as if you'd got to go into the head-hunting business.Empire Builders|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for headhunting
the practice among certain peoples of removing the heads of slain enemies and preserving them as trophies
the recruitment, esp through an agency, of executives from one company to another, often rival, company
US slang the destruction or neutralization of political opponents
Derived forms of head-huntinghead-hunter, noun
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