American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Slang A crude or ruthless effort usually ending in destruction: did a hatchet job on the mayor's reputation.
- n. 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.
- n. idiomatic An action or a program which imposes deep reductions in expenditure.
- n. a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
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