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See also: hatchetman
- A professional killer or gunman.
- The crime lord dispatched his favorite hatchetman to make sure the witness could not testify.
- (colloquial, idiomatic) Someone who carries out brutal and unpleasant duties on behalf of another, such as firing dead wood employees.
- After the layoffs, he gained a reputation as a hatchetman and ended up eating lunches alone.