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1A hired bodyguard, mercenary, or assassin.
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- ‘Bress and Gruber thoroughly enjoyed working as hired guns on Final Destination 2.’
- ‘Police said yesterday they have arrested an alleged kidnapper and hired gun who is considered the country's most wanted criminal suspect.’
- ‘This widened the gap between amateur entrants shooting just for fun and the professional hired guns who wanted to shoot for cash.’
- ‘I'm not ready to call these guys mercenaries, because I think there's a line between domestic PMCs and mercenaries or hired guns.’
- ‘Are you just a hired gun, a hit man, robbing profit and power from impoverished third world countries?’
- ‘More than fifty private security companies are in Iraq today, with an estimated 20,000 hired guns working for them.’
- ‘So Grbac and Johnson are fix-it men, hired guns who come with warning labels.’
- ‘As they moved from place to place they were met with the organised violence of a landowning class defending its interests with hired guns.’
- ‘The method that is used by the elite in Colombia to ‘take care of business,’ or kill people, is by hired guns.’
- ‘A possibly deadly incident involving Quinn's hired guns underscores the dangers of private forces policing American streets.’
- ‘For a movie that's about a professional, meticulous hired gun and the FBI dragnet to track him down, we see very little killing or police work.’
- ‘These people are actually mercenaries and should not be allowed to go and fight wars in other countries as hired guns.’
- ‘The arrest of about 70 alleged hired guns in Harare has sparked a frenzy of conflicting reports.’
- ‘Mercenaries are not choirboys, but some outfits have signed up hired guns trained by repressive regimes.’
2An expert brought in to resolve complex legal or financial problems or to lobby for a cause.
- ‘Robert and Eric are hired guns, and they do have to perform.’
- ‘Editorial writers are hired guns to write the publisher's opinion so it doesn't really matter who they are.’
- ‘The club struggled before a decision was made to bring in hired guns in the quest for an elusive flag.’
- ‘At a diplomatic level, despite the hired guns and the planted stories, this image war was lost.’
- ‘Austin Adams believes he can run an information technology organization more efficiently than any hired gun.’
- ‘In recent years, many of these hired guns have taken over the networks they were initially contracted to protect.’
- ‘They are not hired guns, they are not advocating their own pet theories.’
- ‘The knee jerk dismissal from the hired guns of business and industry remains altogether less credible.’
- ‘Lawyers are paid to be the hired guns and zealously defend the interests of their clients.’
- ‘While hired guns do not flourish at Harvard or the University of Chicago, however, in Washington they roam in packs.’
- ‘The cloak is provided by an almost uniformly compliant corps of well-paid news editors, journalists, commentators and hired guns from academia.’
- ‘He said: ‘An expert is not there as a hired gun, as an advocate for one cause or another, but to help the court reach a just verdict.’’
- ‘He was a hired gun for big corporations in the late 1950s, when he went around arguing against unionization.’
- ‘By pointing the finger at Robin, a hired gun, she casts in a grubby light what had until now been seen as a tale of heroic political resistance.’
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