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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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If Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri is the tinkerman then Graeme Souness must be the hatchetman.
The swinging boot of vicious Greek hatchetman Triantifillos Maharidis that left Durie's ankle in tatters during Gers' 2-0 UEFA Cup win against Salonika, has cost Jukebox so much.
When rightwing hatchetman Peter Collier called Foner to read him Radosh's complaint for an article in The Weekly Standard, the evidence centered on a review that Foner had written more than a decade ago for the now-defunct Guardian, a New York Marxist newspaper with exactly no influence over academic appointments anywhere.
Yes, that right's, Chopper after the legendary Chelsea hatchetman of the 1970s who used to cut down attackers like a robotic lumberjack.
Hamilton hatchetman Jim Sherry was shown a straight red card after 33 minutes for a vicious lunge on winger Willie McLaren after his two previous fouls on the Airdrie hero had gone unpunished.
In a five-hour masterclass he went from bully boy hatchetman to Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs Kramer.
HE has been dubbed the hatchetman - the most ruthless producer in TV soap history.
PARKHEAD legend Peter Grant has backed under-fire Celtic striker Henrik Larsson after critics branded him a football HATCHETMAN.
But Ronald Radosh, transformed from obscure New Left historian to well-funded (see above) right-wing hatchetman during the Reagan era, crowed that the documents proved "the Rosenbergs were not only Communists" but "were recruited right out of the party for Soviet espionage.
HATCHETMAN Ioan Ganea last night apologised for the horror tackle that may have ended Celtic kid John Kennedy's dream season.
Apart from the passing skills of former Molineux favourite Paul Cook, Burnley have several other notable names in their line-up, including ex-West Bromwich Albion duo Paul Crichton and Mickey Mellon, Shrewsbury-reared striker Andy Cooke, Wolves summer target Lee Briscoe and much-travelled midfield hatchetman Kevin Ball.
PARKHEAD legend Peter Grant has backed Celtic striker Henrik Larsson after critics branded him a HATCHETMAN.