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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!
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headhunter

n. someone who recruits executives for employment. (Head means boss here.) The board of directors hired a headhunter to get a new manager.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Following the links between head-hunters and organ-thieves from the village of Buli via towns like Ternate to regions across Indonesia and migrant communities in Malaysia, this paper has tried to show how the organ-stealing head-hunter is an active co-producer of doubtful but plausible worlds of verisimilitude at various scales.
Eriksson is happy the FA are appointing a head-hunter to recruit their new top man, either from inside or out of football, with director of international strategy David Davies and company secretary Nic Coward in temporary charge.
A head-hunter responsible for drawing up a list of contenders said there was no reason why councillors should not opt for a non-British chief executive, although it is believed that no other UK local authority has ever done so.
However, it has emerged that the SRU almost lost out on McKie after the head-hunter appointed to find a new chief executive failed to include him in the original four-strong list of candidates who were interviewed - then rejected - last month.
HEAD-HUNTER Bryan Hamilton has talked to over 20 candidates in his quest to find the right man for the FAI.
(For example, she's a successful head-hunter who's yet to be asked to find her hubby a decent head.)
"He came out with a comment at the start of the year about head-hunters and he got away with that."
Head-hunters are advertising for a chief executive for the CITB on PS170,000 to PS190,000 a year, plus a bonus worth 30%.
Equally, head-hunters are unlikely to tell you the bloke you found yourself is fine and they can't do any better - not much in the way of fees there.
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.
Kirwan has coached at three Rugby World Cups with Italy and Japan but Head-hunters Odgers Berndtson informed Kirwan he was not being put forward because he had not coached a leading rugby nation.