hatchetmen

hatchet man

noun
1.
a professional murderer.
2.
a writer or speaker who specializes in defamatory attacks, as on political candidates or public officials.
3.
a person whose job it is to execute unpleasant tasks for a superior, as dismissing employees.
Also, hatchetman.
Also called axman.


Origin:
1745–55, Americanism

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hatchet man
 
n
1.  a person carrying out unpleasant assignments for an employer or superior
2.  (US), (Canadian) a hired murderer
3.  a severe or malicious critic

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