Friday, August 14, 2015

Word of the day: hatchet man

The word of the day is hatchet man:

  1. professional murderer.
  2. writer or speaker who specializes indefamatory attacks, as on politicalcandidates or public officials.
  3. person whose job it is to executeunpleasant tasks for superior, asdismissing employees.

"General Reyes had long seemed a likely heir to Díaz; and under a new cover of a party, the Reyista Democrats now looked forward to a personal deal in the old style.  For that, they might use Escandón's military and social connections.  Chief among this group was the Organizing Club's other executive secretary, Heriberto Barrón, a notorious Reyes hatchetman."

 - John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

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