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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Attempting to hog the limelight by bantering with Jason Gardiner, inarticulate Brazier warns the hatchet man that all his Essex mates are in the audience.
Chernin is the hatchet man, but the secret of the good hatchet man is not at all to appear like the hatchet man--not to suggest that you've been doing the hard, thankless, dirty work," he writes.
Makelele, either acting alone or as the designated hatchet man following discussions with a number of his team-mates, decided Chelsea would be better off with Wayne Bridge at left-back and decided to do something about it.
A midfield hatchet man in his days as a Sunday morning footballer, Wilson's recreational pursuits these days involve nothing more strenuous than bird-watching.
Impressive, too, is Michael Begley as Eaton Sylvester, Le Roux's hatchet man.
She knew that confrontation with the powerful and militant NUM would come about sooner or later and she had appointed Ian MacGregor, who had a reputation as an industrial hatchet man, as head of the Coal Board.
Firmly rejecting the suggestion that he was a hatchet man, Dr Wolfgang Reitzle said: ``I am a team player and a car man.
POLICE are hunting a hatchet man who held three men hostage in Enniskillen on Friday night.
The longtime Kansas legislator, now Republican presidential nominee, has been known as Majority Leader in the Senate, as Beltway Insider, even as Richard Nixon's Hatchet Man.
Scientists Aided Soviet Atom Bomb Is Faulted," declared The Washington Post; even the Russian Intelligence Service, which replaced the KGB, moved quickly to denounce this revision of history by Sudoplatov, an old Stalinist hatchet man.
HATCHET man Jeremy Hunt is in line for a PS17million business windfall which would make him the richest of all the Cabinet multi-millionaires.
But Bassett knows just how much of a hatchet man Green can be after he was fired as Sheffield United boss during the new Rangers chief executive's first venture into football 17 years ago.