hatchet jobhatchet job
Informal a biased, malicious attack on the character or activities of a person, institution, etc.
A severe criticism or malicious verbal attack meant to ruin someone's reputation.
(plural hatchet jobs)
- (idiomatic) A journalistic or other treatment which portrays its subject in a very unfavorable manner; a work of criticism which aims to destroy a reputation.
- Many Republicans say that the book State of Denial by Bob Woodward is nothing more than an election year hatchet job.
- (idiomatic) An action or a program which imposes deep reductions in expenditure.
- This so-called reform of our wage agreement was really just one big hatchet job!