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hire·ling

 (hīr′lĭng)
n.
One who works solely for compensation, especially a person willing to perform for a fee tasks considered menial or offensive.

hireling

(ˈhaɪəlɪŋ)
n
derogatory a person who works only for money, esp one paid to do something unpleasant
[Old English hӯrling; related to Dutch huurling; see hire, -ling1]

hire•ling

(ˈhaɪər lɪŋ)

n.
1. a person who works only for pay, esp. in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of the work.
adj.
2. serving for pay only.
3. venal; mercenary.
[before 1000]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hireling - a person who works only for money
employee - a worker who is hired to perform a job

hireling

noun
One who is employed by another:
Informal: hire, hired hand.
Translations

hireling

[ˈhaɪəlɪŋ] Nmercenario m

hireling

n (pej)Mietling m (old pej)
References in classic literature ?
And for this reason, I said, money and honour have no attraction for them; good men do not wish to be openly demanding payment for governing and so to get the name of hirelings, nor by secretly helping themselves out of the public revenues to get the name of thieves.
Most of the hay was cut, but the last week had been very unfavourable; and now that fine weather was come at last, being determined to make the most of it, I had gathered all hands together into the hay-field, and was working away myself, in the midst of them, in my shirt-sleeves, with a light, shady straw hat on my head, catching up armfuls of moist, reeking grass, and shaking it out to the four winds of heaven, at the head of a goodly file of servants and hirelings - intending so to labour, from morning till night, with as much zeal and assiduity as I could look for from any of them, as well to prosper the work by my own exertion as to animate the workers by my example - when lo
Even in the midst of defensive and dangerous wars with Persia and Macedon, the members never acted in concert, and were, more or fewer of them, eternally the dupes or the hirelings of the common enemy.
The very superintendents at the lower posts will not put him to mess with the common men, the hirelings of the establishment, but treat him as something superior.
Let every man be fully imbued with the thought that we must defeat these hirelings of England, inspired by such hatred of our nation
While the regular and trained hirelings of the king marched with haughtiness to the right of the line, the less pretending colonists took their humbler position on its left, with a docility that long practice had rendered easy.
And herein the device of king Henry the Seventh (whereof I have spoken largely in the History of his Life) was profound and admirable; in making farms and houses of husbandry of a standard; that is, maintained with such a proportion of land unto them, as may breed a subject to live in convenient plenty and no servile condition; and to keep the plough in the hands of the owners, and not mere hirelings.
He did not answer at once and her heart rose in her breast as it filled with the hope that her brave rescuer might be the same Roger de Conde who had saved her from the hirelings of Peter of Colfax but a few short weeks since.
Now there was a certain Guy of Gisborne, a hireling knight of the King's army, who heard of Robin and of the price upon his head.
To the tender eye of a father or a lover, the first glance would have sufficed to reveal Valentine's condition; but to this hireling, Valentine only appeared to sleep.
They were days of want and sorrow that succeeded, during which, Betts, I toiled for bread like an Eastern slave, the trodden-on and abused hireling of a selfish milliner.
I stretched my hand to take a glass of water from a hireling, and it was given me by you: I asked a question, expecting John's wife to answer me, and your voice spoke at my ear.