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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TANNADICE new boy Paul Paton is determined to show he's not a hatchet man as he prepares to make the step up to the top flight.
Jose Mourinho will doubtless try to upstage Keane with some characteristic selfindulgence and Didier Drogba will throw himself around to incur the wrath of ITV's new hatchet man.
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She paid Ian McGregor, the hatchet man from America, millions to close down certain industries.
"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.
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.
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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.
Chuck Colson was Nixon's 'hatchet man' he was very close to the president and was keen to see Nixon re-elected for another term of office.
He earned his hatchet man reputation as it was believed he was planning to axe the Longbridge plant and move Rover's production overseas.
POLICE are hunting a hatchet man who held three men hostage in Enniskillen on Friday night.
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.