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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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D Hunter, Lancashire THE only group who can stop these vile hatchet men, the Con-Dems, are the unions.
Jackie McNamara feared Sean Dillon's return from injury would be wrecked by Spanish hatchet men.
In fact, overcoming - and going toe-to-toe with - the hatchet men is what set the truly gifted players of yesteryear apart.
MICHAEL OWEN has vowed he won't be kicked out of the World Cup by the hatchet men.
1 RAGING Ryan Giggs last night hit out at the Senegal hatchet men after Team GB's glory bid got off to a faltering start.
ARSENE WENGER fears the careers of his young players could be wrecked by the Premier League's hatchet men unless more is done to protect them.
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.
MARTIN O'Neill has promised that his two wonder kids can stand up to the Premier League's hatchet men.
Van Basten - regarded as one of the game's finest forwards - was forced to quit at 31 after a two-year battle to overcome a knee injury, after a career spent taking stick from the hatchet men.
JOSE MOURINHO last night accused Celtic's Europa League opponents Atletico Madrid of being hatchet men - and claimed only shinguards saved his side from serious injury.
But the midfielder insists Walcott's injury was not deliberate and his side will not be hatchet men today.
DONS hero Sone Aluko last night branded Alloa a bunch of hatchet men.