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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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FIFA president Sepp Blatter last night moved to protect Brazilian star Ronaldo from the World Cup hatchet men. Blatter has warned the 34 referees to get out the red cards, or face the consequences.
RAHEEM STERLING claims Manchester City are being "butchered" by the Premier League's hatchet men.
LIAM BUCHANAN insists Livingston's players were baffled to be labelled hatchet men after last week's cup loss to Rangers.
CALLUM WILSON insists he's not scared of the League One hatchet men who are targeting him after his sensational start to the season.
In fact, overcoming - and going toe-to-toe with - the hatchet men is what set the truly gifted players of yesteryear apart.
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.
MICHAEL OWEN has vowed he won't be kicked out of the World Cup by the hatchet men.
D Hunter, Lancashire THE only group who can stop these vile hatchet men, the Con-Dems, are the unions.
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DONS hero Sone Aluko last night branded Alloa a bunch of hatchet men.
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. Bergkamp's new mean streak means he has been booked five times already this season and is out of today's game at Highbury with a three-match ban.