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give pap with a hatchet

To act or seem as though one is doing something with good or kind intentions when, really, the opposite is true. To "give pap" means for a mother to comfort an infant with her nipple—an intentional juxtaposition with the sharp and dangerous "hatchet." I thought Lauren wanted to be my friend, but then I found out she only invited me to sit at her table to make fun of me. Talk about giving pap with a hatchet!
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hang up (one's) hatchet

1. To make peace with someone. It is most likely an earlier version of the phrase "bury the hatchet." Can you please hang up your hatchet and make up with your sister already? I can't take the constant fighting.
2. To take a break from work; to stop working. Hang up your hatchet, buddy, it's lunchtime! It's really time for me to hang up my hatchet and find a new job somewhere else.
See also: hang, hatchet, up

hatchet job

A very critical attack on someone or something, especially through media outlets. The movie critic did a real hatchet job on the new film in last week's paper.
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hatchet man

A person hired by a company to make sweeping changes to save money, usually by reducing staff. We knew our days were numbered when our company brought in a hatchet man to make cuts to the staff.
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send the helve after the hatchet

To make hasty, careless decisions; to discard something after encountering a setback. The image alludes to throwing away the handle ("helve") of a hatchet after the blade has broken off. Come on, I'm sure we can fix it—don't send the helve after the hatchet. My little brother always gives up at the slightest problem, no matter how many times we remind him not to send the helve after the hatchet.
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take up the hatchet

To fight, especially in a violent manner. The feud has lasted for so long that neither family remembers why they took up the hatchet against the other.
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bury the hatchet

1. To make peace with someone. Can you please bury the hatchet and make up with your sister already? I can't take the constant fighting.
2. slang To accidentally leave medical instruments inside a patient after surgery. The surgeons have a strict protocol to avoid burying the hatchet, so to speak.
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bury the hatchet

Fig. to make peace. Let's stop arguing and bury the hatchet. Tom and I buried the hatchet and we are good friends now.
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hatchet man

a man who does the cruel or difficult things for someone else; someone who does someone else's dirty work. He served as the president's hatchet man and ended up doing all the dirty work.
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bury the hatchet

Make peace; settle one's differences. For example, Toward the end of the year, the roommates finally decided to bury the hatchet. Although some believe this term comes from a Native American custom for declaring peace between warring tribes, others say it comes from hang up one's hatchet, a term dating from the early 1300s (well before Columbus landed in the New World). The word bury replaced hang up in the 1700s.
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hatchet man

1. A person assigned or hired to carry out a disagreeable task or unscrupulous order. For example, When it came to firing an employee, Arthur was his boss's hatchet man. This expression originally referred to a hired assassin but in the mid-1900s was transferred to less nefarious enterprises.
2. A person who attacks the reputation of others, especially a journalist hired to do so, as in You can count on Mary's column to destroy the mayor-she's the perfect hatchet man. This usage gave rise to hatchet job, meaning "harsh destructive criticism." [Mid-1900s]
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bury the hatchet

When people who have argued bury the hatchet, they agree to forget their argument and become friends again. Note: A hatchet is a small axe. They had finally buried the hatchet after their falling-out. Note: In the past, when Native American tribes made peace after fighting each other, it was traditional for each tribe to bury a tomahawk or small axe, as a sign of peace.
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a hatchet job

INFORMAL
A hatchet job is strong, unfair, often public criticism which harms someone's reputation. Note: A hatchet is a small axe. The reporter set out to do a hatchet job on him and succeeded. The rest of the article is basically a hatchet job on the minister. Note: This expression may relate to violent gang warfare in the United States during the early part of the 20th century. See explanation at `a hatchet man'.
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a hatchet man

INFORMAL
A hatchet man is someone who is employed to do unpleasant tasks, especially to get rid of jobs in a company. Note: A hatchet is a small axe. Hall, they reckoned, was a hatchet man, out to shred the workforce and totally crush the union. Note: A woman who does a similar job can be called a hatchet woman. She had a reputation for being a ruthless hatchet woman. Note: This expression is usually used to show disapproval. Note: This expression may relate to violent gang warfare in the United States during the early part of the 20th century. Gangs often hired an assassin or `hatchet man' to hack an important member of a rival gang to death with a hatchet. This work was known as a `hatchet job'.
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bury the hatchet

end a quarrel or conflict and become friendly.
This expression makes reference to a Native American custom of burying a hatchet or tomahawk to mark the conclusion of a peace treaty.
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do a hatchet job on

criticize savagely.
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ˌbury the ˈhatchet

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ˌbury your ˈdifferences

(of two people or groups) agree to forget past disagreements and be friends again: I’ve said I’m prepared to bury the hatchet, but John says he won’t forgive me for what happened.When Native Americans agreed to end fighting and begin a period of peace they held a ceremony in which they buried a hatchet or tomahawk (= a small axe).
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a ˈhatchet job (on somebody/something)

(informal) strong criticism that is unfair or intended to harm somebody/something: The press did a very effective hatchet job on her last movie.In the past in the US, a hatchet man was a person who was paid to kill somebody, often using a hatchet (= a small axe). A hatchet job was originally therefore a murder.
See also: hatchet, job

bury the hatchet

1. tv. to make peace. (From an alleged American Indian practice.) I’m sorry. Let’s stop arguing and bury the hatchet.
2. tv. to leave surgical instruments in the patient. (Medical.) The idea that a doctor would bury the hatchet is a very old joke.
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bury the hatchet

To stop fighting; resolve a quarrel.
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bury the hatchet

To make peace, to settle differences. The phrase comes from the practice among native American and Canadian tribes literally to bury a war axe at the end of hostilities. An 1680 report describes European colonists in what became New England: “Meeting wth ye Sachem [the tribal leaders] the[y] came to an agreemt and buried two Axes in ye Ground; which ceremony to them is more significant & binding than all Articles of Peace . . .”
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References in classic literature ?
At the same time he dropped the hatchet and shifted the club to his right hand.
However, after some debate, they resolved to accept of them: and, in return, they gave the savages that brought them one of their hatchets, an old key, a knife, and six or seven of their bullets; which, though they did not understand their use, they seemed particularly pleased with; and then tying the poor creatures' hands behind them, they dragged the prisoners into the boat for our men.
A MAN allegedly tried to kill his neighbour with a hatchet, a court heard yesterday.
NNA - Police shot dead a 51-year-old gunman wearing a surgical mask and wielding a hatchet at a movie theater near Nashville on Wednesday, in terrifying echoes of two previous cinema shootings.
An intense road rage incident that started on Randy Pap Beltline in Eugene Friday morning involved two drivers ramming their vehicles into each other and one of them pulling out a hatchet before police arrived.
Moments before the attack, he was seen on a street corner crouching down to pull the hatchet out of backpack before he charged the officers and began swinging the hatchet with a two-handed grip, police said.
A pre-match armwrestle in the centre circle might have been a more entertaining way to settle it but let's be grateful for a hatchet at least half buried.
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By SIMON BOYLE THEIR bitter quarrel has been simmering for six long years - but showbiz veterans Bruce Forsyth and Lionel Blair have finally buried the hatchet.
An attorney from Daniel & Hudson provided aggressive defense for a man who was charged with murder for killing his roommate with a hatchet.
15 ( ANI ): Former West Bengal Governor Gopal Gandhi on Tuesday described the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the 'Department of Dirty Tricks' (DDT), and alleged that the premier agency has been government 's hatchet rather than being an honest ally.
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Sonoma Cider has announced the launch of its three craft organic hard ciders--the Hatchet, the Pitchfork, and the Anvil.
It's a hatchet with an attitude, with just the right amount of heft to deliver plenty of bite.
A THUG who attacked a man with a hatchet was yesterday jailed for three years.