Definition of hatchet in English:



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

    • ‘Beside her lay the bloodied hatchet used to kill her.’
    • ‘A mallet, a block plane with front horn, and a small hatchet are located below the framing square.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On his left hung some long axes, some double edged and still others were hand axes, hatchets.’
    • ‘Some plants like ornamental grasses or irises may require knives, machetes, or even hatchets to get the job done, but it is worth it.’
    • ‘The Court was told that the two men used an imitation firearm, a hatchet and a hammer in the course of the robbery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I look up at the hammers, vise-grips, and hatchets hanging above me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The public was provided with hatchets with which, if they wanted to, they could attack the objects and paintings exhibited.’
    • ‘A police spokesman said several reports followed of a man wielding two hatchets or a small axe.’
    • ‘It was a small hatchet; a leather gripping wrapped around the handle, the blade lying on its side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had survival gear, rope, a bowie knife, a hatchet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A long handle version is about 36 inches long; a short handle, like a hatchet, is 16 to 20 inches.’
    • ‘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.’
    axe, cleaver, mattock, tomahawk
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  • bury the hatchet

    • End a quarrel or conflict and become friendly.

      • ‘Leading tech competitors bury the hatchet to improve energy efficiency.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Bury the hatchet? How very boring. The art of feuding is in a sorry state.’
      pardon, forgive, grant an amnesty to, amnesty
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Middle English: from Old French hachette, diminutive of hache axe, from medieval Latin hapia, of Germanic origin.