Hatchet Man


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Hatchet Man

A person who is charged with the task of destroying the reputation of an enemy. Hatchet men are most common in politics (the term was popularized due to the Watergate scandal), but they may be used in business as well.
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He's built a reputation, people seem to think he's perfect to go in and be chief executive or hatchet man and he does it for them.
The incident, captured on national television, happened as Mr MacGregor, an American import dubbed Margaret Thatcher's hatchet man, visited the colliery to meet officials after announcing plans for 20 pit closures and 20,000 job losses.
He earned his hatchet man reputation as it was believed he was planning to axe the Longbridge plant and move Rover's production overseas.
Hatchet man Derek Pavis must be sharpening the Meadow Lane axe after Sam Allardyce's dreadful run continued to leave County staring relegation in the face.
When you're faced with a campaign that doesn't have a current theme, you revert to type: hatchet man,'' said George Stephanopolous, a senior aide to Clinton.
The star, who strips down to just some palm leaves on Saturday's show, says he could never be as cruel as hatchet man Simon Cowell.
True Storey - My Life And Crimes As A Football Hatchet Man, by Peter Storey, Mainstream Publishing, pounds 16.
The Gunners' legendary hatchet man, who made 501 appearances, was a key figure in Bertie Mee's great side of the 1960s and 70s.
I hope the groundsmen are going to work overtime to sort it out'After team-mate Scott Morrison's hatchet man claim, Aberdeen defender Kevin McNaughton wants groundstaff to just patch it
IRISH international Lee Carsley has never boasted a reputation as a midfield hatchet man -until now.
I will do what is necessary, but I don't believe in jumping in and I am certainly not a hatchet man.
She gets more than she bargained for when the mobster unleashes his chief hatchet man (Alec Baldwin) to frighten her off.