Hatchet-job meaning

A severe criticism or malicious verbal attack meant to ruin someone's reputation.
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A biased, malicious attack on the character or activities of a person, institution, etc.
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(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.

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(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!

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