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hatchet job

noun [C usually singular] uk   informal us  
a cruel written or spoken attack on someone or something: Fleck was certainly not the only critic to do a hatchet job on his latest novel.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizingInsults and abuseTreating people or animals badly
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