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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.
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'.
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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and Hardball: The Oxford
It does not need hatchet jobs
by precocious producers.
firm for trial lawyers has been sending out press kits attacking her, and several hatchet jobs
have resulted in publications such as the Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, and Brill's Content.
Capital's further instigation, in early October 2003, Maris of BAS issued two false reports on Biovail based upon the Camelback hatchet jobs
The newspapers that printed vicious hatchet jobs
on Alex Best over the weekend.
Many documentaries about famous dynasties are either hatchet jobs
or kowtowing celebrations of familial bliss.