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free agent

1. A professional, especially an athlete, who is able to enter a contract with any organization without restrictions. The star quarterback will be a free agent when his contract ends after the season, and everyone expects him to sign with whatever team offers the most money.
2. By extension, a person who has no limitations placed on them by others, either professionally or socially. I just broke up with my girlfriend, so I'm a free agent again!
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free agent

1. A person not under compulsion or constraint, not responsible to any authority for his or her actions. For example, After he quit his job, he decided to pursue the same line of work as a free agent. Originally used to describe a person subject to the philosophic concept of free will (as opposed to determinism), this expression was first recorded in 1662. Later it was extended to mean "someone not under obligation to an authority."
2. A professional athlete who is free to sign a contract with any team. For example, After he was released from the Yankees, he was a free agent and could shop around for the team that offered the most money . [Second half of 1900s]
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References in classic literature ?
And so they went and told the agent that they were ready to make the agreement.
The agent had the deed all ready, and invited them to sit down and read it; this Szedvilas proceeded to do--a painful and laborious process, during which the agent drummed upon the desk.
The agent was most polite, and explained that that was the usual formula; that it was always arranged that the property should be merely rented.
She expected the agent to fly into a passion, but he was, to her bewilderment, as ever imperturbable; he even offered to go and get a lawyer for her, but she declined this.
"I will offer my canaries and my cockatoo to this vast Metropolis--my agent shall present them in my name to the Zoological Gardens of London.
In spite of his resolute assumption of composure, he was getting anxious for the agent's arrival.
He took the agent (a foreign spy, in every line of his face, if ever there was one yet) into a corner of the room, whispered some directions to him, and then left us together.
The agent waited with me till his employer returned, equipped in travelling costume.
In the last place, the actions should be such as may not only be within the compass of human agency, and which human agents may probably be supposed to do; but they should be likely for the very actors and characters themselves to have performed; for what may be only wonderful and surprizing in one man, may become improbable, or indeed impossible, when related of another.
INSURANCE AGENT: O, we should make ourselves whole from our
INSURANCE AGENT: I will not deny it -- but look at the figures in
INSURANCE AGENT: You spoke of saving the premiums which you would
Not alone was their work confined to unseen warfare with the secret agents of the Oligarchy.
First, the weeding out from our circles of the secret agents of the Oligarchy.
We permeated the entire organization of the Iron Heel with our agents, while our own organization was permeated with the agents of the Iron Heel.