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hatchet job

a maliciously destructive critique or act:
The special committee has done a hatchet job on the new proposal.
Also called ax job.
1940-45 Unabridged
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  • Some critics predicted that the report, a year in preparation, would be a hatchet job on existing academic standards.
British Dictionary definitions for hatchet job

hatchet job

(informal) a malicious or devastating verbal or written attack
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Slang definitions & phrases for hatchet job

hatchet job

noun phrase
  1. A malicious attack; a diatribe or indictment meant to destroy: By hatchet job is meant here a calculated attempt to demolish the author
  2. A discharge or dismissal; ax (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with hatchet job

hatchet job

see: hatchet man , def. 2.
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