hatchet job

noun

Definition of hatchet job 

: a forceful or malicious verbal attack

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Her vivid biography is neither a hagiography nor a hatchet job, but a frank and nuanced assessment of a complicated woman. Wendy Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "The formidable Kennedy sister," 20 Apr. 2018 In truth, a hatchet job probably wouldn’t bother Greenwald. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "Does This Man Know More Than Robert Mueller?," 21 Jan. 2018 The best hatchet jobs don’t just assail an author or thinker for shoddy or disingenuous work. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "Cutting ’Em Down to Size," 5 Sep. 2017 Nevertheless, a hatchet job is always at risk of being read as evidence of a vendetta, motivated by a suspiciously personal dislike or rivalry. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "Cutting ’Em Down to Size," 5 Sep. 2017

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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hatchet job

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hatchet job

: a very harsh and unfair spoken or written attack

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