from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To engage in headhunting.

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  • v. To cut off, and preserve, the heads of one's enemies
  • v. To actively recruit executive personnel
  • v. To pitch at a batter's head.
  • v. To use one's hockey stick to strike an opponent's head.


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  • And the year before for "Shoot," in which Betty is inveigled back into the world of modeling by a big agency (McCann Erickson, which later buys Sterling Cooper's London owners) trying to headhunt Don.

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  • The service claims to headhunt attract eligible women “through high end social events and private parties and receives word of mouth referrals on a constant basis”.

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  • The phrase "not in our contract" made my ears perk as in fact many UAL contracts have just expired and management is taking the opportunity to go on a little headhunt—people are being threatened with termination for actions including being found with food meant to be stowed on inbound flights.

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  • Tories need to headhunt Mandelson ... or get his head on a stick.

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  • Solace Enterprises, a recruitment company, is paid fees by local councils taxpayers money to headhunt chief executives and recommend salary levels.

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  • It's fine finishing checks and stuff, but when you headhunt like that, I don't know, I lost a lot of respect for him with that. '' - Hockey - Boston vs. Ottawa

  • Seems to me that, when Kofi finally gets his pension, the UN could do no better than headhunt our Henry.

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  • "For everybody who wants to read about Dostoyevsky online, check out a profile of a Russian politician, buy a Russian fur coat or headhunt for a Russian programmer, the best portal to use is still Yandex," says user Max Olevsky, director of Comtek Communications Technology, a Chicago IT company.

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