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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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but their profession can be described as nothing but being hatchet men for certain powerful people.
The trouble is, you look back five years or so, to the era when Wenger was actually winning trophies, and the twotime Footballer of the Year was arrogant and the Premier League's hatchet men were getting away with murder.
The hagiographers and the hatchet men have only begun to do their best--or their worst--on the already weathered marble bust of Rudolf Nureyev's reputation.
CALLUM WILSON insists he's not scared of the League One hatchet men who are targeting him after his sensational start to the season.
D Hunter, Lancashire THE only group who can stop these vile hatchet men, the Con-Dems, are the unions.
ALAN Pardew has warned Joey Barton he will continue to be a target for opposition hatchet men during Newcastle's nervy run-in, as rival managers want to get the volatile midfielder to lose his temper.
M O T H E R W E L L winger Jim O'Brien is a target for the SPL's hatchet men as well as old boss Mark McGhee.
WAYNE ROONEY had the last laugh on the hatchet men who tried to kick him out of the Vodacom Challenge with the killer goal which helped Sir Alex Ferguson's stars to their first trophy of the season.
Once again the hatchet men of the tabloids and party politics have had their way.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter last night moved to protect Brazilian star Ronaldo from the World Cup hatchet men.
The Rangers midfielder reckons he is the victim of hatchet men in the Third Division and referees are not doing enough to protect him and the Ibrox players.
In fact, overcoming - and going toe-to-toe with - the hatchet men is what set the truly gifted players of yesteryear apart.