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hired gun

1. A person who is hired to kill someone. Don't worry about that snitch. We've sent a couple of hired guns around to his house, so he won't be a problem for us much longer.
2. A person employed to provide armed protection for or fight on behalf of someone. Things have become so violent in the town that even the mayor has taken on some hired guns to keep him safe. The rebels brought in a few hired guns to help bolster their meager attack.
3. A person who is especially skilled at attaining power for others, such as a lobbyist or politician. The corporation has sent their best hired gun to convince the senator to vote against the environmental regulation bill.
4. A person hired to resolve difficult or complex problems or disputes, especially in business or law. Because of the intricacy of the legislation, the company brought in a hired gun to ensure the merger deal didn't hit any legal snags.
See also: gun, hire

hired gun

1. A person, especially a professional killer, employed to kill someone, as in They thought the murder had been done by a hired gun. The noun gun has been slang for a professional criminal since the mid-1800s.
2. A person with special knowledge or expertise who is employed to resolve a complex problem. For example, The legal team was looking for a hired gun to handle the antitrust angle of the case. [Slang; 1960s]
See also: gun, hire

hired gun

n. a paid assassin. (Underworld.) The cops are holding a well-known hired gun until they can prepare charges.
See also: gun, hire
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Ms Jameson said Manross used city funds to employ Scott Bergthold, "a well-known hired gun for the religious right to rewrite city laws and try to ram through an unconstitutional ordinance that would shut down a business that has been operating peacefully and legally for over 20 years in the same location.
CONTACT: Mike Regan of Hired Gun Management, +1-310-883-5565, mike@hiredgunmanagement.
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It's just like the tobacco industry hiring a hired gun to claim that smoking isn't bad for you.
In doing so, AT&T cites a study conducted by its perennial hired gun Lee Selwyn.
bank, at a time when other Democrats deferred to its hired gun, Democrat Clark Clifford.
The hired gun, sus- pected of being a former member of the IRA, is thought to have been responsible for most of the 11 gangland murders in Dublin in the past year.
A DEPRESSED farmer who had his guns seized killed himself with a hired gun at a shooting range.
Hey, no problem for the Hall of Fame jockey who's the most sought-after hired gun in the game for a reason.
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The Ocean's Eleven star plays Jack, an unsmiling hired gun who heads to a small Italian village after an attempt on his life in Sweden.
However, the governor and his auditors have not operated fairly and ethically, and the administration's assertion that its hired gun (Coopers & Lybrand) is an independent and objective player in this matter must be refuted.
His favourite blues rockers Hired Gun have chosen as their comeback gig the incongruous Midsomer music festival (Glastonbury has nothing to worry about) as the current run of this series ends on a more light-hearted note than usual.
HAIR greased black and wearing leather, Chuck Norris turns nasty as a drug-running mobster's hired gun.
Hubbell, an Arkansan hired gun, was scorned for being connected; Cutler, a Washingtonian hired gun, is lionized.