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.
serving for pay only.
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How to use hireling in a sentence
And it was only last night that he had seen Goritz's fellow assassin and hireling.The Secret Witness | George Gibbs
What a difference there is between him who enters on a labor of love and the hireling who works for pay!The Mysteries of Montreal | Charlotte Fuhrer
She knew by this time that Jotan had nothing to do with her abduction; no hireling of his would dare handle her so roughly.Warrior of the Dawn | Howard Carleton Browne
The Old Baptists had long been declaiming against college-bred preachers and a hireling ministry.Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler | Pardee Butler
Who ransomed thy sire, my noble steed, from the galling yoke of an hireling?The Arab's Pledge | Edward L. Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for hireling
derogatory a person who works only for money, esp one paid to do something unpleasant
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