hatchet job


Definition of hatchet job

: a forceful or malicious verbal attack

Examples of hatchet job in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That none of this is generally acknowledged is due to a posthumous series of smears by left-wing journalists and historians, which started with a hatchet job in The New Republic. Kyle Smith, National Review, 27 Mar. 2021 Harry and Meghan, who have been feuding — and successfully suing the British press — were not having it, and their aides returned fire, branding the newspaper report as a preemptive hatchet job. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2021 Entire books have been written about Shakespeare’s reliance on partisan chroniclers; his hatchet job on the last Yorkist king, Richard III; his flirtation with danger in depicting the removal of a monarch when his own Queen was old and heirless. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 5 Dec. 2020 These biographers want to like Monroe, and perhaps the more savvy among them know that many of their readers won’t particularly like a hatchet job done on him. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Nov. 2020 But the fact is this is clearly, with the way it's been handled from the start with Senator Feinstein, meant to simply be a political hatchet job. Fox News, 18 Sep. 2018 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, 20 Apr. 2018 In truth, a hatchet job probably wouldn’t bother Greenwald. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, 21 Jan. 2018 The best hatchet jobs don’t just assail an author or thinker for shoddy or disingenuous work. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hatchet job

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Hatchet job.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchet%20job. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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: a very harsh and unfair spoken or written attack

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