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hatchet man


Definitions from WordNet

Noun hatchet man has 2 senses
  1. hatchet man, iceman - a professional killer
    --1 is a kind of murderer, liquidator, manslayer
  2. hatchet man, enforcer - one whose job it is to execute unpleasant tasks for a superior
    --2 is a kind of assistant, helper, help, supporter

Definitions from the Web

Hatchet Man


  • A hatchet man is someone who is employed to carry out acts of aggression, violence, or cutting operations on behalf of others.
  • (Slang) In the criminal underworld, a hatchet man is a hired hitman or enforcer.
  • (Informal) A hatchet man can also refer to a person who is responsible for executing unpopular decisions or performing severe job cuts within an organization.

Sample sentences:

  1. The mob boss sent his hatchet man to eliminate his rival.
  2. The company's hatchet man announced the layoffs, causing widespread outrage among employees.
  3. I need a hatchet man to handle some difficult negotiations for me.
  4. The ruthless politician employed a hatchet man to smear his opponents' reputation.

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