free lance

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v. free·lanced, free·lanc·ing, free·lanc·es
1. To work as a freelancer: a journalist who freelances.
2. To act independently without orders from another: an official who was freelancing when he committed the crime.
To produce and sell as a freelancer: freelanced the article to a magazine publisher.
n. also free lance
1. A freelancer.
2. An uncommitted independent, as in politics or social life.
3. A medieval mercenary.

free′lance′ adv. & adj.
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free′ lance`

1. a mercenary soldier of the Middle Ages who offered his services to any state or cause.


or free-lance

(ˈfriˌlæns, -ˌlɑns, -ˈlæns, -ˈlɑns)

n., v. -lanced, -lanc•ing,
adj., adv. n.
1. Also, free′lanc`er. a person who sells services without working on a salary basis for one employer.
2. a person who contends in causes without attachment or allegiance.
3. to act or work as a freelance.
4. to produce or sell as a freelance.
5. of or pertaining to a freelance or the work of a freelance.
6. in the manner of a freelance.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: lance - a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
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He was a free lance, and had no friendly business associations.
At this point I may as well explain that we of the fish patrol were free lances in a way.
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It's understood Armstrong (right) is not being paid for his appearance - in other words he's a free Lance.
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