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
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 | Dan Lyons | May 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bigwigs headhunting superhumans to run splashy enterprises eyeball you.
British Dictionary definitions for head-hunting
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
- head-hunter, noun
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