hatchet job
noun Date: 1944 a forceful or malicious verbal attack

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  • hatchet job — hatchet .job n BrE informal a newspaper article, television programme etc that criticizes someone severely and unfairly hatchet job on ▪ They were afraid I was going to do a hatchet job on them …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hatchet job — hatchet jobs N COUNT: usu sing, oft N on n To do a hatchet job on someone or something means to say or write something mentioning many bad things about them, which harms their reputation. [INFORMAL] Unfortunately, his idea of bold journalism was… …   English dictionary

  • hatchet job — hatchet ,job noun count INFORMAL a very strong and unfair criticism, especially in the form of a newspaper article: They did quite a hatchet job on the District Attorney in yesterday s paper …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hatchet job — A piece of criticism that destroys someone s reputation is a hatchet job …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • hatchet job — ► NOUN informal ▪ a fierce verbal or written attack …   English terms dictionary

  • hatchet job — ☆ hatchet job n. Informal a biased, malicious attack on the character or activities of a person, institution, etc …   English World dictionary

  • hatchet job — noun a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone s words or actions • Syn: ↑defamation, ↑calumny, ↑calumniation, ↑obloquy, ↑traducement • Derivationally related forms: ↑traduce (for …   Useful english dictionary

  • hatchet job — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms hatchet job : singular hatchet job plural hatchet jobs informal a very strong and unfair criticism, especially in the form of a newspaper article …   English dictionary

  • hatchet job — {n. phr.}, {slang} 1. The act of saying or writing terrible things about someone or something, usually on behalf of one s boss or organization. * /When Phil makes speeches against the competition exaggerating their weaknesses, he is doing the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hatchet job — {n. phr.}, {slang} 1. The act of saying or writing terrible things about someone or something, usually on behalf of one s boss or organization. * /When Phil makes speeches against the competition exaggerating their weaknesses, he is doing the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hatchet\ job — n. phr. slang 1. The act of saying or writing terrible things about someone or something, usually on behalf of one s boss or organization. When Phil makes speeches against the competition exaggerating their weaknesses, he is doing the hatchet job …   Словарь американских идиом

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