Meaning of “hatchet man” in the English Dictionary

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"hatchet man" in American English

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hatchet mannoun [ C ]

us /ˈhætʃ·ɪt ˌmæn/ plural -men /-ˌmen/ infml

someone who is employed to do unpleasant jobs, 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

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hatchet mannoun [ C ]

uk us informal WORKPLACE

someone who is employed to do an unpleasant job such as reducing costs 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)