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  • adj. Having a narrow face with sharp features

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. sharp-visaged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a hatchet-face; having a thin face with prominent features.


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  • The hatchet-faced apparatchiks crumpled into tears as she explained why she was in such a hurry to visit Siberia.

    I thought you were dead!

  • Always hovering nearby is his private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a hatchet-faced former SAS officer who looks as though he would rather be cracking skulls than carrying the bouquets thrust into the prince's hands on walkabouts.

    Prince William: how he has coped with a life in the spotlight

  • To most of the general public he is the archetypal hatchet-faced 'nasty' Tory.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • Behind the counter, a nice-looking blond guy and a hatchet-faced woman who seemed too old to be steaming milk for a living talked about television while they cleaned the wood-grained laminate and straightened stacks of prepackaged biscotti.

    Vicious Grace

  • In the bright light of a waxing moon, the hatchet-faced woman stood outside the prison house, her head inclined to one side, and studied Ben and me.

    The Secret of the Sealed Room

  • A hatchet-faced cadet named Vanderlick thrust his head through a doorway.

    Delta Anomaly

  • Cynlas of Rhos was a big, hatchet-faced man of fifty or thereabout, broadly built and tall, the weathered skin of his face beginning to loosen over the bluntly prominent bones, his ox-blood-colored hair and mustache just threaded with gray.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • Kevin looks into the gallery of eyes as a hatchet-faced white woman in a long gray coat separates the children and steps up.


  • They wheeled, graceful as gulls, whoever their partners-elegant, hatchet-faced dagoes in mangas, red-faced sports sodden on Taos whisky or vino, bearded miners in slouch hats and red shirts, or great clumsy buckskin brigadeers who whooped and yelled and capered like Indians.


  • The question ever more insistently poses itself, not just about the political neophyte Obama but all those hatchet-faced apparatchiks in senior foreign policy, defence and security posts within his administration: how can so many people in such a position be so staggeringly stupid?

    Learning nothing from history


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