‘A hatchet job’

“Americans usually refer to an axe as a hatchet. When you say that some reporter did a hatchet job on you, what you mean is that he criticised you severely in the media. It is usually unfair criticism. It’s criticism that ruins your reputation.

‘’The reporter did a hatchet job on the new school. The editor called it investigative journalism.” * ‘’The news channels did a hatchet job on the Chief Minister’s visit to the drought hit areas.”

S. UPENDRAN,  The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, Feb 14, 2005

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