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 in a sentence
She doesn't criticize her opponent's character directly. She has her hatchet men in the media do it for her.
He was fired by his boss's hatchet man.
First Known Use of hatchet man
HATCHET MAN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up hatchet man? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).