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

freelance

adjective, adverb
     
Related topics: Conditions of Employment
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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