One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who does not have any commitments that restrict their actions.
- ‘The dot com revolution spawned a whole new generation of savvy, job hopping free agents who each said proudly they were their own security.’
- ‘Some would be free agents, shopping themselves around to the most alluring companies.’
- ‘It is not that they are indispensable, either on payroll or as free agents; their knowledge and skills are.’
- ‘Benji was a free agent, and equally keen on his prospective employers.’
- ‘The key is that the mother is not a free agent and there will never be a separate family home provided by the state.’
- ‘He allows her to travel with him on the condition that it is a temporary arrangement - that he is a free agent and is not in any way committed to her.’
- ‘In fact, free agents are safer in an economic storm than their job-holding counterparts.’
- ‘And the girl began to think of herself as a free agent, unbound by the presumptions of heredity.’
- ‘But, as the story unfolds, it is clear that all the characters are self-deluded, the victims of events as much as free agents.’
- ‘However, we should keep in mind that Senators to some extent are free agents.’
- ‘People remain free agents; nothing is certain or predictable.’
- ‘It will be first time since she joined the police in 1973 that Dame Elizabeth will be a free agent.’
- ‘Part worker, part owner, free agents have crossed over the industrial relations divide.’
- ‘These factors have served as a catalyst for the emergence of workers who consider themselves free agents.’
- ‘He has led a dynasty in a free agent, salary-capped era in which such dominance was presumed to be impossible.’
- ‘But human beings are only more or less free agents, often less.’
- ‘It's not just for free agents, knowledge workers, and serial entrepreneurs.’
- 1.1 A sports player who is not bound by a contract and so is eligible to join any team.
- ‘Once they decide on two or three players, the other free agents will have to scramble to find a big contract elsewhere.’
- ‘The team focused on signing free agents and drafting players that would put the team before themselves.’
- ‘The team will focus on keeping its players rather than signing free agents.’
- ‘The team acquired eight players as free agents or in the draft who have started three or more games.’
- ‘They will become free agents only if the team doesn't tender them contracts by December 20.’
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