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English definition of “hatchet job”

hatchet job

noun [C usually singular]     informal
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
(Definition of hatchet job noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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