Definition of hatchet man noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


hatchet man

BrE BrE//ˈhætʃɪt mæn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhætʃɪt mæn//
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a person employed by an organization to make changes that are not popular with the other people who work there Word Originlate 19th cent. (originally US): figuratively, from an early use denoting a hired Chinese assassin.
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