go captive
v. To take a full-time job, particularly if the person currently works part-time or on contract, or is self-employed.
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Little wonder then that free agents often refer to traditional work as "going captive."
—Daniel Pink, Free Agent Nation, Warner Books, April 01, 2001
1988 (earliest)
It's difficult to generalize about people who choose to work technical temporary assignments. Some like the challenge of the unexplored that comes with special project work. Others find temporary work a good way to avoid the politics and structure permanent work, known to temporaries as "going captive."
—Jan Kennedy, “Demand for Technical Workers Tied to Economy,” Puget Sound Business Journal, June 13, 1988
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