Definition of hatchet job in English:

hatchet job


  • A fierce written attack on someone or their work.

    ‘she does hatchet jobs, not reviews’
    • ‘During that bout, he did a hatchet job book on C.S. Lewis, wrote any number of inane diatribes against theism in general and Christianity in particular.’
    • ‘I hesitate even to call it a review - hatchet job is more like it.’
    • ‘Lucy's desire to write a book is buffered by the total hatchet job she does on her husband and friends.’
    • ‘His tirade in today's Herald Sun was a complete hatchet job on him.’
    • ‘The score and dialogue suffer from the usual hatchet job on the highs and lows, leaving the music sounding a bit on the harsh side.’
    savage, attack, lambaste, condemn, criticize severely, flay, shoot down, pillory, revile
    jump on, tear to pieces, take to pieces, pull apart, take apart, lay into, pitch into, hammer, slam, bash, crucify, give something a battering, roast, skewer, throw brickbats at, knock
    slate, rubbish, slag off
    bad-mouth, pummel
    trash, bag, monster, give someone bondi
    excoriate, slash
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hatchet job