hatchet job


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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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Capital instigated Camelback hatchet job, led to an additional 14% drop in the stock price of Biovail by October 2003.
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.
His supporters claim its a hatchet job while his detractors insist it's a romantic version of his reign.
I'm not gonna give Bill a hatchet job, but at the same time we haven't got the patience to deal with it.
It is certainly not [as Armstrong's camp have claimed] a one-sided hatchet job, it is pretty damning.
I think he had concerns it would be a hatchet job on the Thatcher government that he was a part of.
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.
MTV may have an excuse for its blatant hatchet job of the North East, the truth not their concern, but a publicly funded BBC, which forever bleats about independence and clarity of news on a world stage, has without any crumb of doubt, no excuses whatsoever.
Your Comment also swallows uncritically the argument there is no alternative to a "swift deficit reduction plan", even though many leading economists warn that such a hatchet job on public spending will risk a double dip recession.
Sydney, Dec 8 ( ANI ): The Australian media has claimed that when Australia wrapped up the 2002-03 Ashes series in just 11 playing days historians decreed it a record for the swiftest Ashes hatchet job in a five Test series and many observers felt we would never see anything like it again but it is about to happen again.
JULIE-ANNE WHITNEY: The former campaign manager for Jim Craig's failed congressional bid is done in by her writer/brother and his ill-considered, and apparently poorly researched, attempted hatchet job on Jeb Bradley.
Readers who may have been as confused as I by Steven Dudley's hatchet job on Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide ("Chronicle of a Coup," May issue) would gain some historical perspective by reading Paul Farmer.
remains to be seen how easily the the Three Lions can carry out their hatchet job and a sell of total points at 48 could be the call.