hatchet job

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hatchet job (plural hatchet jobs)

  1. (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.
    Synonyms: slam piece, hit piece, traducement, calumny, calumniation, obloquy, defamation
    That article about the mayor is nothing more than a hatchet job.
  2. (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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