hatchet job

noun
a maliciously destructive critique or act: The special committee has done a hatchet job on the new proposal.
Also called ax job.


Origin:
1940–45

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hatchet job
 
n
informal a malicious or devastating verbal or written attack

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hatchet job

see hatchet man, def. 2.

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Example sentences
The piece was a hatchet job, designed to inspire the uniformed.
What this book is, then, is a rather dull hatchet job.
It is not often that one observes the birth of a neo-con hatchet job.
It may be a hatchet job, we'll see, or his preview may simply reflect his view
  based on the research he has done to date.
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