||A temporary employee
hired to do a difficult task
||1) Greedie Corp is
using some hired guns to handle the latest round of layoffs.
2) The defense
attorneys brought in a hired gun to help question the key witness.
||In the 1800s, a
'hired gun' was an armed man paid to protect a town from thieves and
bandits in the American West. In the 1920s, 'hired gun' came to mean
'hit man' or 'assassin' among American gangsters. Now the term is used
in corporations to describe specialists who are typically very
aggressive or responsible for unpleasant, high-level tasks.