One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fierce attack on someone or their work, especially in print.‘the author's attempted hatchet job on the judge was totally unjustified and irresponsible’
savage, attack, lambaste, condemn, criticize severely, flay, shoot down, pillory, revileView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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