hatchetman

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Noun[edit]

hatchetman (plural hatchetmen). Alternative spelling of hatchet man.

  1. A professional killer or gunman.
    The crime lord dispatched his favorite hatchetman to make sure the witness could not testify.
  2. An employee or contractor whose role is to terminate or fire other employees.
    After the layoffs, he gained a reputation as a hatchetman and ended up eating lunches alone.

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