hatchet man

noun

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.

First Known Use of hatchet man

1876


HATCHET MAN Defined for English Language Learners

hatchet man

noun

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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