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noun 
  1. (context, usually, pejorative) an employee who is hired, often to perform unpleasant tasks with little independence
    • 1848: William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
    • :When my poor James was in the smallpox, did I allow any to nurse him?
      1. (context, usually, pejorative) someone who does a job purely for money, rather than out of interest in the work itself
    • 1605: Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning
    • :... it may be truly affirmed that no kind of men love business for itself but those that are learned; for other persons love it for profit, as a that loves the work for the wages;
Etymology: 
  • hire + diminutive -ling



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