head-hunting

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head-hunting

n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the practice among certain peoples of removing the heads of slain enemies and preserving them as trophies
2. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) the recruitment, esp through an agency, of executives from one company to another, often rival, company
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) slang US the destruction or neutralization of political opponents
ˈhead-ˌhunter n
References in classic literature ?
Head-hunting, cannibal beast of a human that was as much ape as human, nevertheless Old Ngurn had, according to his lights, played squarer than square.
At the same instant Muda Saffir with fifty of his head-hunting Dyaks emerged from the jungle east of the camp, bent on discovering the whereabouts of the girl the Malay sought and bearing her away to his savage court far within the jungle fastness of his Bornean principality.
I've seen a few unlikely things in these Solomons--rats two feet long, butterflies the Commissioner hunts with a shot-gun, ear-ornaments that would shame the devil, and head-hunting devils that make the devil look like an angel.