from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A savage who practises head-hunting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A member of any tribe or race of savages who have the custom of decapitating human beings and preserving their heads as trophies. The Dyaks of Borneo are the most noted head-hunters.
  • noun A person whose profession is to find executives to fill open positions in corporations; an executive personnel recruiter; also, a company that performs a similar service.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of headhunter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a savage who cuts off and preserves the heads of enemies as trophies
  • noun a recruiter of personnel (especially for corporations)


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  • The government should also reduce dependency on outside "head-hunter" firms and cut the costs of recruitment, by developing Whitehall's in-house recruitment expertise.

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  • The fascination here will be to see original director Max Stafford-Clark returning to the play he premiered at the Royal Court when Thatcherism was in the ascendancy, and asking whether today's women have anything in common with the thrusting, head-hunter, Marlene, who runs the employment agency, Top Girls.

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  • Mr. Boire was put on Mr. Lampert's radar back in 2008 by Berglass & Associates, the executive recruitment firm that eventually placed him at Sears, according to Matt Berglass , president of the head-hunter.

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  • It is hosted by Joy Chen, a Chinese-American former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles who now works as a corporate head-hunter, finding U. S.-based CEOs and other talent for successful global companies.

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  • City head-hunter Chris Roebuck, pay consultant Shaun Springer and pay expert Jonathan Chapman confirm that any changes to remuneration are cosmetic; if bonuses have been lowered base pay has gone up.

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  • Tom Colicchio, the chief head-hunter on "Top Chef," made the trip from New York to watch the president sign the bill that the chef had lobbied for.

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  • I declined her offer and the next day I was busy compiling the name of every head-hunter I could find.

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  • Meredith says, lets not forget the head-hunter (or whatever theyre called) scene in labyrinth. even though the song is about chilling out it still gives me the heebeejeebees.

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  • MEDINA: Today I'm touching base with a head-hunter to see if he has any jobs available for me.

    CNN Transcript Oct 20, 2009

  • I'm really happy about the interview, because even though she didn't have any opportunities at the moment for me, it's good to touch base in person with the recruiter, with the head-hunter, and maybe something will come up in the next month or so.

    CNN Transcript Oct 20, 2009


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