A small, short-handled ax for use in one hand.(noun)
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Use "hatchet" in a sentence
"That is a what you call a hatchet job, similar to, “why do you hate America” when discussing people who disagree with the Bush administration."
"Cynthia McGuinness, mother of two young students, said it was painful to watch the board make cuts with what she described as a hatchet instead of a scapel."
"How can it be bipartisan when republicans offer no ideas and simply walk away from the table ie orrin hatchet evman"