Definition of hatchet in English:

hatchet

noun

  • A small axe with a short handle for use in one hand.

    • ‘Beside her lay the bloodied hatchet used to kill her.’
    • ‘On his left hung some long axes, some double edged and still others were hand axes, hatchets.’
    • ‘He had survival gear, rope, a bowie knife, a hatchet.’
    • ‘The damage to the limestone monument appears to have been carried out with a heavy instrument such as a hatchet, since there are large indentations on the remaining plinths which managed to withstand the attack.’
    • ‘It was a small hatchet; a leather gripping wrapped around the handle, the blade lying on its side.’
    • ‘Right at the start we find Colin, the hero, who's come to visit his poor old mum, standing in the kitchen, fantasising about taking a hatchet to her.’
    • ‘A police spokesman said several reports followed of a man wielding two hatchets or a small axe.’
    • ‘The Court was told that the two men used an imitation firearm, a hatchet and a hammer in the course of the robbery.’
    • ‘He starts a fight with the low-class tenants to draw the attention of the leading group of mobsters, the ‘Axe Gang,’ who descend on the slum in tuxedoes and top hats and wielding hatchets.’
    • ‘A 19-YEAR-OLD was chased to his home by a 25-year-old man carrying a hatchet and a knife, Limerick Circuit Court heard yesterday.’
    • ‘Once the Swiss began to retreat, they were pursued by mobs of bystanders without firearms who hacked them to death with knives, pikes, and hatchets, and tore their uniforms to pieces to make trophies.’
    • ‘A mallet, a block plane with front horn, and a small hatchet are located below the framing square.’
    • ‘A long handle version is about 36 inches long; a short handle, like a hatchet, is 16 to 20 inches.’
    • ‘I look up at the hammers, vise-grips, and hatchets hanging above me.’
    • ‘Among the ancient Peruvians large clubs of wood and stone, and also hatchets have been excavated - reason enough for the production of serious skull injuries.’
    • ‘It being dark I could not give a death blow; the hatchet glanced from his head.’
    • ‘The public was provided with hatchets with which, if they wanted to, they could attack the objects and paintings exhibited.’
    • ‘The English soldiers waded into the chaos armed with hatchets and billhooks and, backed up by their own small cavalry and the threat of their longbows, succeeded in dispersing the whole French army.’
    • ‘Some plants like ornamental grasses or irises may require knives, machetes, or even hatchets to get the job done, but it is worth it.’
    • ‘Easily the strongest, the proud Dwarf swings a large battleaxe that he uses to cleave opponents in two, and pulls out hatchets to dispatch enemies at a distance.’
    axe, cleaver, mattock, tomahawk
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Phrases

  • bury the hatchet

    • End a quarrel or conflict and become friendly.

      • ‘Bury the hatchet? How very boring. The art of feuding is in a sorry state.’
      • ‘It is time for the IHF and the coach to bury their hatchets and make their peace with Dhanraj Pillai.’
      • ‘Sounds like the hatchet has been well and truly buried - the question, though, is between whose shoulder blades?’
      • ‘That means that Dainty must find a more congenial way to bury all hatchets and bring all disputing parties to the same table; if he cannot or will not do that, his days of leadership of US cricket would seem to be numbered.’
      • ‘Leading tech competitors bury the hatchet to improve energy efficiency.’
      pardon, forgive, grant an amnesty to, amnesty
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French hachette, diminutive of hache ‘axe’, from medieval Latin hapia, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

hatchet

/ˈhatʃɪt/