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With A, it's a fellow whose work is for hire.
With E, it's a place where there might be a fire.
With I, it's a fellow who hasn't much class.
With O, something pleasant to find in your glass.

Surmise, then, the pattern that I have designed,
And tell me the four words that I have in mind.

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I think it's...

h_ck

With A, it's a fellow whose work is for hire.

A hack is another word for a taxi, like the kind you hire. Thanks alexmc. It is also a word for "One who undertakes unpleasant or distasteful tasks for money or reward; a hireling", so thanks Pete.

With E, it's a place where there might be a fire.

Heck, like fire and brimstone et al

With I, it's a fellow who hasn't much class.

Hick, a country hick or hillbilly

With O, something pleasant to find in your glass.

Hock, a type of wine.

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    $\begingroup$ A hack's another word for a taxi, could be a reference to that? $\endgroup$
    – alexmc
    Aug 6, 2015 at 7:56
  • $\begingroup$ @alexmc I had no clue. Updated! $\endgroup$
    – Al.Sal
    Aug 6, 2015 at 8:00
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    $\begingroup$ Kindly clear my confusion, but I don't think heck is directly defined as fire and brimstone. I feel that heck is an alternate for hell, which is a place of fire. $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Aug 6, 2015 at 8:24
  • $\begingroup$ @CodeNewbie oh, my bad. I've always assumed fire and brimstone referred to hell. $\endgroup$
    – Al.Sal
    Aug 6, 2015 at 8:29
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    $\begingroup$ Hack can mean "One who undertakes unpleasant or distasteful tasks for money or reward; a hireling." according to The Free Dictionary, which fits in better with the clue $\endgroup$
    – Pete
    Aug 6, 2015 at 11:34

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