verb (used with object)
Origin of hatchet
Examples from the Web for hatchet
This is not a hatchet job, and it certainly could have been.
From Kimmel and Kanye burying the hatchet to a telekinetic coffee shop surprise, WATCH our countdown.‘We Can’t Stop’ a Cappella, Coffee Shop Telekinesis & More Viral Videos|Natasha Bach|October 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And, he added, a mayor would be foolish to attempt to “take a hatchet to the financial industry.”Can Bill de Blasio Fix New York’s Income Inequality?|David Freedlander|September 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
According to the police report, officers also found a Taser and a hatchet in the house.Anna Benson, Former ‘Baseball Wife,’ Reportedly Snaps. What Happened?|Christine Pelisek|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Maybe now Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke can bury the hatchet.Obama Moves to Clean Up Mandated Birth Control Mess|Michelle Cottle|February 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Now, if a hatchet will do more good than an arrow, he will direct his energies to the making of the hatchet.Essentials of Economic Theory|John Bates Clark
Macavoy, stripped to the waist, and carrying only a hatchet and a coil of rope tied round him, started away alone up the river.Romany of the Snows|Gilbert Parker
On the opposite corner, diagonally, have an imitation stump with hatchet sticking in the wood.Dinners and Luncheons|Paul Pierce
The carpenter seized a hatchet, and, leaving his berth, hurried up to encounter Aupic.A Winter Amid the Ice|Jules Verne
His father had shot one, and he'd had to leave his hatchet sticking in the skull of another, when his rifle had misfired.The Return|H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for hatchet
Word Origin for hatchet
Word Origin and History for hatchet
c.1300 "small ax" (mid-12c. in surnames), from Old French hachete, diminutive of hache "ax, battle-axe, pickaxe," possibly from Frankish *happja or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *hæbijo (cf. Old High German happa "sickle, scythe"), from PIE root *kop- "to beat, strike" (cf. Greek kopis "knife;" Lithuanian kaplys "hatchet," kapoti "cut small;" Old Church Slavonic skopiti "castrate").
In Middle English, hatch itself was used in a sense "battle-axe." In 14c., hang up (one's) hatchet meant "stop what one is doing." Phrase bury the hatchet (1794) is from a supposed Native American peacemaking custom. Hatchet-man was originally California slang for "hired Chinese assassin" (1880), later extended figuratively to journalists who attacked the reputation of a public figure (1944).
Idioms and Phrases with hatchet
In addition to the idioms beginning with hatchet
- hatchet job
- hatchet man
- bury the hatchet