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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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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 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.
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Financing the ad is none other than a Houston developer and major Republican contributor named Bob Perry, who coughed up a hundred grand for this hatchet job.
I just slogged through Jacob Sullum's lengthy hatchet job on the CSPI, and I must say I am disappointed.
This was illustrated several weeks ago with a prominent article by one Amy White, billed as a political speech writer, who took up most of the page doing a hatchet job on Hillary Clinton.
Sadly, this book is without such complex recognitions--as many in the poetry community have commented, it is simply a hatchet job.
According to a lengthy hatchet job authored by Heather Koerner, the PTA seems to be "as American as apple pie" but is really a high-powered lobbying organization that promotes political correctness and a liberal agenda.
Then something of an outsider in the capital, the nerdy, endearingly awkward Kinsley made the deftly executed hatchet job the magazine's hallmark.
In each case, the videotape will be stored in a safe-deposit box or vault for use in court should the dentist do a hatchet job on the lower molars, the mechanic lie about replacing the clutch, the dry cleaner spill beer all over the mink stole, the tofu saag with chulcha paratha on the side cause hepatitis, or the hotel in Antigua turn out to be rat-infested.
Ratings have fallen - before the catch-up figures are added - and the hatchet job from too many people with too many agendas gets sharper and nastier as time goes on.
Because of the hatchet job done on my last letter, I have decided that this is the last letter I will be sending to Talkback, unless there is a new policy of full publication of all readers' letters.
Andy Beckett's piece wasn't quite the hatchet job some have since claimed it was.
Travers in "Banks" playing "Mary Poppins" screenwriter Don DaGradi, says he was well aware he was playing a real human being with a family, and "nobody wants to do a hatchet job on somebody's grandfather.
Sir Harold said: "It was a farrago of twisted facts and alleged events that did not happen except in fevered imagination - obviously a dedicated hatchet job.
But for the Tories, Prof Malcolm Grant is clearly the right man for the hatchet job they have in mind - the break-up of our NHS towards a free market, US-style system.