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Topic: CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: free lance 'soldier in former times who sold his fighting skills to anyone'

freelance

adjective, adverb
     
free‧lance
BEC working independently for different companies rather than being employed by one particular company:
She works freelance from home.
freelance verb [intransitive]
He's freelancing for several translation agencies.
freelance also freelancer noun [countable]
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