hatchet man

noun
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

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 to ruin someone's reputation)

Examples of hatchet man in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of hatchet man

1876

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HATCHET MAN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of hatchet man for English Language Learners

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


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