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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 the hatchetman became a saviour when he realised that the plant had potential.
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McVey sent civil service hatchetman Neil Couling to face the flak for her last April.
and more rudeness from hatchetman Jason Gardiner as he asked weird grinner Emily Crap-Atack: "Do you have an under-bite?" Good coming from ITV's answer to Bugs Bunny.
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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.
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.
Yes, that right's, Chopper after the legendary Chelsea hatchetman of the 1970s who used to cut down attackers like a robotic lumberjack.