hatchet man

hatchet man
noun
1. a professional killer
Syn: ↑iceman
Hypernyms: ↑murderer, ↑liquidator, ↑manslayer
2. one whose job it is to execute unpleasant tasks for a superior
Syn: ↑enforcer
Derivationally related forms: ↑enforce (for: ↑enforcer)
Hypernyms: ↑assistant, ↑helper, ↑help, ↑supporter

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noun, pl ⋯ men [count]
: a person whose job is to do harsh and unpleasant things that other people do not want to do

She doesn't criticize her opponent's character directly. She has her hatchet men in the media do it for her.

He was fired by his boss's hatchet man.

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ˈhatchet man [hatchet man hatchet men] noun (informal)
a person employed by an organization to make changes that are not popular with the other people who work there
 
Word Origin:
late 19th cent. (originally US): figuratively, from an early use denoting a hired Chinese assassin.

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