One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Work done with a hatchet, especially the chopping of wood or carving of stone.
2Figurative originally US. Attack upon or removal of someone or something, as if with a hatchet; (usually) specifically strong written or verbal criticism of someone or something.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Dampier (1651–1715), buccaneer and explorer. From hatchet + work.
hatchet work/ˈhatʃɪt wəːk/
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