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head hunter

1. Someone who recruits employees for a business or corporation. I'm not actively looking for a new job, but this head hunter for a big firm keeps calling me, so I might as well hear her pitch.
2. A member of a tribe who decapitates other people and preserves their heads as souvenirs. Be careful exploring that part of the rainforest—it's home to a tribe of head hunters!
See also: head, hunter

headhunter

n. someone who recruits executives for employment. (Head means boss here.) The board of directors hired a headhunter to get a new manager.
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The transition from jungle prowler to car-driving stalker is part of a second difference between the head-hunter that haunted Indonesian communities as late as the 1990s and the organ-thieves of the twenty-first century.
manifiesta temor por la contratacion de personal a traves de los llamados head-hunters e indica que el curriculum de Martinez Iglesias no solo se falseo: "Inclusive se manejaron especialidades que no existen, como es una maestria en policiologia, que simple y sencillamente no existe; o sea, no pasa la revision minima este curriculum".
Cual es su opinion del gabinete del presidente Vicente Fox y de las empresas head-hunters que contribuyeron a integrarlo?
He said: "The head-hunter came back in (after the first four were rejected) and had the list of applicants for the job and he also came forward with some new names.
This bringing in specialist outsiders, though, does beg the simple question as to why the people who are actually supposed to be not only running rugby union in England but are guardians of the spiritual home of the game, Twickers, need head-hunters to find a new coach, manager or whatever they're going to call him?
JOHN KIRWAN has backed Nick Mallett to be the next England coach after being told by the Rugby Football Union's head-hunters that he was not experienced enough to be considered.
A GROUP of leading head-hunters announced a voluntary code aimed at increasing the number of female candidates for positions on company boards.
The head-hunters were looking for a Scot, who's interested in sport and passionate about football.
His diaries, which cover three expeditions, reveal an engagingly enthusiastic mind: his first outing was to examine an oilfield on the island of Seram, and not only was he pleased to discover that the island was 'geologically almost unknown', he didn't appear too distressed by the codicil: 'It was said that its inhabitants were still mainly head-hunters.
Now at least two firms of financial head-hunters are going down under to try to persuade young Irish accountants to swap their Bondi lifestyles for the IFSC.
London-based head-hunters Russell Reynolds Associates say they are looking for a strong CEO to lead and drive the airport through an exciting phase of growth and development.
Across between Reservoir Dogs and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, its climax is a bloody gun battle between opposing head-hunters.
I must have reached an age where those telephone calls from firms of head-hunters no longer happen; not, I have to say, that there were very many of them even in younger days.
Part photographic visionary, part huckster hawking his full-length documentary (the first one in history, in fact) of Kwakiutl ritual to the suits in Hollywood under the sensationalistic title In the Land of the Head-Hunters, Edward Curtis toiled on his monumental Native American project tirelessly.