hatchet man Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “hatchet man” in the English Dictionary

"hatchet man" in American English

See all translations

hatchet mannoun [C]

 us   /ˈhætʃ·ɪt ˌmæn/ (plural -men  /-ˌmen/ ) infml
someone who is ​employed to do ​unpleasantjobs, for ​example to ​reduce the ​number of employees or ​attack competitors ​unfairly
(Definition of hatchet man from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hatchet man" in Business English

See all translations

hatchet mannoun [C]

uk   us   informal WORKPLACE
someone who is ​employed to do an unpleasant ​job such as ​reducingcosts or telling ​people that they have ​lost their ​jobs: The Fund ​hired in a hatchet man to ​find ways of ​increasing their ​profits.
(Definition of hatchet man from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hatchet man”
in Chinese (Simplified) 替人做不愉快(或暴力)事情的人…
in Chinese (Traditional) 替人做不愉快(或暴力)事情的人…
What is the pronunciation of hatchet man?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

costume

the set of clothes typical of a particular country or period of history, or suitable for a particular activity

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More