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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

for hire

Available for employment. I hear that Sasha's old tutor is available for hire—I think she would make a great addition to our teaching staff.
See also: hire

on hire

Available for employment. I hear that Sasha's old tutor is available on hire—I think she would make a great addition to our teaching staff.
See also: hire, on

hired muscle

One or more persons who have been paid to intimidate someone else (typically into doing something that will benefit the hired muscle's "boss"). I can't believe Jimmy sent some hired muscle after me—I was always going to pay him back, sheesh! Their so-called hired muscle is just one guy, and I'm bigger than him.
See also: hire, muscle

the laborer is worthy of his hire

Workers should or deserve to be paid. The phrase comes from the Bible. You did a fine job in the stables, Edgar. I have some money for you, as the laborer is worthy of his hire.
See also: hire, of, worthy

hire someone away (from someone or something)

[for one] to get someone to quit working for some other employer and begin working for one. We hired Elaine away from her previous employer, and now she wants to go back. The new bank hired away all the tellers from the old bank.
See also: away, hire

hire someone or something out

to grant someone the use or efforts of someone or something for pay. I hired my son out as a lawn-care specialist. I hire out my son to mow lawns.
See also: hire, out

not for hire

[of a taxi] not available to take new passengers. The taxi was going to pick someone up at a nearby hotel and was not for hire. The taxi had a lighted sign that said it was not for hire.
See also: hire, not

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 hand

Also, hired man or girl . A person engaged to assist with farm or domestic chores, as in We need extra hired hands during the harvest, or She was looking for a hired girl to do the laundry. This use of hired dates from the 1200s and referred to someone employed for wages as opposed to a slave or serf. The use of girl now may be offensive.
See also: hand, hire

hire out

Obtain work; also, grant the services or temporary use of for a fee, as in He hired out as a cook, or They hired out the cottage for the summer. [Second half of 1700s]
See also: hire, out

hire and fire

engage and dismiss, especially as indicating a position of established authority over other employees.
1992 Martin Anderson Impostors in the Temple Usually the trustees, and they alone, hire and fire the president. They have fiduciary responsibility.
See also: and, fire, hire

ply for ˈhire/ˈtrade/ˈbusiness

(British English) look for customers, passengers, etc. in order to do business: There are plenty of taxis plying for hire outside the theatre.
See also: business, hire, ply, trade

hire out

To grant the services of someone or the temporary use of something for a fee: The agency hires out temporary workers to local businesses. We hired out the cottage for the summer. My friends hired themselves out as cooks.
See also: hire, out

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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With the anticipated bulk of the additional costs arising from agency workers' equal treatment rights likely to be passed from temporary work agencies to end user hirers, it is important for hiring companies to manage the impact of the Regulations as effectively as possible, and without risk of breaking the rules.
Agency workers will have the right to be told of any 'relevant vacancies' in the hirer during an assignment along with being given access to 'collective facilities and amenities'.
As Martin points out, the "categorical equation" of owners and hirers was difficult to maintain in practice; the logic of State v.
A] hirer of an independent contractor is not liable to an employee of the contractor merely because the hirer retained control over safety conditions at a work site, but [only] insofar as a hirer's exercise of retained control affirmatively contributed to the employee's injuries," Brown wrote in the opinion.
Interested hirers are requested to fill in a form to place their enquiry, which will be reviewed by the owner who will get back in touch.
They do not apply to temporary staff engaged directly by the hirer, fixed-term employees or independent contractors or consultants who are genuinely self-employed.
Laura said: "When I put myself forward to do The Hirer all my friends thought I was mental.
The Birmingham City chief told hirer and firer Sir Alan Sugar "If you don't offer her a job then I will.
But even the most seasoned headhunter can't do that, especially before the first interview with a hirer.
Pre-Qualification: The bidder should be a reputed hirer or supplier of all terrain Hydraulic Mobile Crane for 150 MT and above for erection jobs.
The hirer is expected to pay for other expenses like food, accommodation and transport.
After 12 weeks in the same job with the same hirer a worker will be entitled to equal treatment in: pay, holidays, night work, rest periods/breaks, duration of working time.
In addition, agency workers now have the same rights as employees if they have worked for 12 continuous calendar weeks with the same hirer, in the same role.
Temporary work agencies, hirers and agency workers will be affected by the regulations if a tripartite relationship, where an agency supplies workers to a hirer temporarily, and under their supervision and direction.
Ministers said that for the first time agency workers would be entitled to equal treatment on basic working and employment conditions, including pay and holidays, as if they had been recruited directly by the hirer after 12 weeks in a given job.