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 for hired gun
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hired gun
      n 1: a professional killer who uses a gun [syn: gunman,
           gunslinger, hired gun, gun, gun for hire,
           triggerman, hit man, hitman, torpedo, shooter]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  hired gun
   n.
  
      A contract programmer, as opposed to a full-time staff member. All the
      connotations of this term suggested by innumerable spaghetti Westerns are
      intentional.
  

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