Definition of hatchet in English:

hatchet

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Pronunciation: /ˈhatʃɪt
 
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noun

  • A small axe with a short handle for use in one hand.
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    • A long handle version is about 36 inches long; a short handle, like a hatchet, is 16 to 20 inches.
    • A 19-YEAR-OLD was chased to his home by a 25-year-old man carrying a hatchet and a knife, Limerick Circuit Court heard yesterday.
    • On his left hung some long axes, some double edged and still others were hand axes, hatchets.
    Synonyms

Phrases

bury the hatchet

End a quarrel or conflict and become friendly.
[in allusion to an American Indian custom]
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  • Sounds like the hatchet has been well and truly buried - the question, though, is between whose shoulder blades?
  • It is time for the IHF and the coach to bury their hatchets and make their peace with Dhanraj Pillai.
  • That means that Dainty must find a more congenial way to bury all hatchets and bring all disputing parties to the same table; if he cannot or will not do that, his days of leadership of US cricket would seem to be numbered.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French hachette, diminutive of hache 'axe', from medieval Latin hapia, of Germanic origin.

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