Definition of Hatchet job
1. Noun. A false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions.
Generic synonyms: Depreciation, Derogation, Disparagement
Specialized synonyms: Assassination, Blackwash, Character Assassination, Malignment, Smear, Vilification, Libel, Slander, Name Calling, Names, Epithet, Name
Derivative terms: Calumniate, Calumnious, Defame, Traduce
Definition of Hatchet job
1. Noun. (idiomatic) A journalistic or other treatment which portrays its subject in a very unfavorable manner; a work of criticism which aims to destroy a reputation. ¹
2. Noun. (idiomatic) An action or a program which imposes deep reductions in expenditure. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Hatchet job
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1. Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine: Basic Thinking in the United States Air Force by Robert Frank Futrell (1989)
""I have been here for some years," said Secretary Symington, "and I think the hatchet job that is being done, and has been done on the B-36 is the best ..."
2. A Very Public Offering: A Rebel's Story of Business Excess, Success, and by Stephan Paternot, Andrew Essex (2001)
"Steve Frank on CNBC would be inspired to do another hatchet job on us. And to make a point, he got a quote from an analyst at Jupiter Communication. ..."
3. Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices by Ralph Fletcher (2006)
"I tried to persuade him that it's best not to put other people on the defensive by offending, that a thousand paper cuts were better than a hatchet job (I ..."
4. Architectuurgids Nederland: 1900-2000 = Architectural guide to the by Paul Groenendijk, Piet Vollaard (2006)
"Just as his building was approaching the50-year mark and the chance of listed status, it was subjected to a catastrophic Hi-Techy hatchet job. ..."
5. The Moral Universeby Tom Bentley, Daniel Stedman Jones by Tom Bentley, Daniel Stedman Jones (2001)
"... it comes from a hatchet job on the Byzantine empress Theodora, composed clandestinely by her trusted courtier, the distinguished historian Procopius, ..."
6. Sacred Wisdom by Gyeorgos Ceres Hatonn (1995)
"Oddly involved in that hatchet job on one of America's finest soldiers was an obscure journalist named John Dornberg, and a well-known radio commentator, ..."
7. A Few Kind Words about Hate: The Dark Side of Family Life and the Bible by Una Stannard (2007)
"If Lizzie did axe them to death, or if, as Frank Spiering argued in Lizzie, (1984), she made sure the coast was clear so Emma could do the hatchet job, ..."