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hatchet man

noun

: a person whose job is to do harsh and unpleasant things that other people do not want to do

Full Definition of HATCHET MAN

1
:  one hired for murder, coercion, or attack
2
a :  a writer specializing in invective
b :  a person hired to perform underhanded or unscrupulous tasks (as ruin reputations)

Examples of HATCHET MAN

  1. She doesn't criticize her opponent's character directly. She has her hatchet men in the media do it for her.
  2. He was fired by his boss's hatchet man.

First Known Use of HATCHET MAN

1880

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