Definition of hatchet job in US English:

hatchet job

noun

informal
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His tirade in today's Herald Sun was a complete hatchet job on him.’
    • ‘Lucy's desire to write a book is buffered by the total hatchet job she does on her husband and friends.’
    savage, attack, lambaste, condemn, criticize severely, flay, shoot down, pillory, revile
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Pronunciation

hatchet job

/ˈhaCHət ˌjäb//ˈhætʃət ˌdʒɑb/