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Hatchet man


One ordered to fire others. Suggests that an employee or associate is best at forcing others to comply with demands. ‘Hatchet’ or small axe suggests a brutal compulsion to require obedience of others. (Compare to Hit man.)

“The only reason the boss keeps Larry around is to be hisĀ  hatchet man whenever the union wants to call a strike.”

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