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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 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.
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.
South African hatchetman, Innocence Linda Buthelezi, said Gazza was LUCKY to come away with just a damaged calf after his crunching tackle in the final minute of England's 2- 1 victory at Old Trafford.
Hollywood hatchetman Joe Queenan features in My Fair Hugh - the first of a series in which he impersonates today's stars to explore their contribution to the 20th century.
Among them are Charles Colson, former Nixon hatchetman and Watergate figure; Richard John Neuhaus, religious right propagandist and former Lutheran minister turned Catholic priest; Richard Land, a prominent figure in the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention; New York Cardinal John O'Connor; televangelist and activist Pat Robertson; Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard law professor; Os Guinness, the brains behind the "Williamsburg Charter" and the seriously flawed public-school curriculum "Living with Our Deepest Differences"; William Bentley Ball, an attorney long identified with the political aims of the Catholic church; Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute; Robert Destro, a Reagan appointee to the U.
McVey, who sent civil service hatchetman Neil Couling to face the flak for her in April, has cancelled a private meeting with Holyrood's welfare committee planned for next month.
However, Villa assistant manager Peter Grant insists Hutton's hatchetman reputation this week is unwarranted and claims the former Spurs right-back is hard but fair.