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sniper, sharpshooter; freelance, one who works for himself and is not employed on a salary basis for a single employer


(n.) = sniper ; franc-tireur ; sharpshooter.
Ex: In this novel, the protagonist, against the advice of his parents, chooses to remain in his apartment in war-torn West Beirut and is shot dead by a sniper.
Ex: At the other extreme, the grand tradition has come under fire from two franc-tireurs FN Hatt and DE Gerard.
Ex: A number of these rifles made their way across the Atlantic and into the hands of Confederate sharpshooters.
* fuego de francotirador = sniper fire.
(n.) = loose cannon.
Ex: It is becoming apparent that Ms Obama may well become a loose cannon and a serious liability for her husband should he win the nomination.

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