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Definition of HATCHET

2 definitions found:

Hatchet \Hatch"et\ (-[e^]t), n. [F. hachette, dim. of hache ax. See 1st {Hatch}, {Hash}.]
     1. A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand. [1913 Webster]

     2. Specifically, a tomahawk.
        [1913 Webster]

              Buried was the bloody hatchet.        --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

     {hatchet face}, a thin, sharp face, like the edge of a hatchet; hence:

     {hatchet-faced}, sharp-visaged. --Dryden.

     {To bury the hatchet}, to make peace or become reconciled.

     {To take up the hatchet}, to make or declare war. The last two phrases are derived from the practice of the American Indians.

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

57 Moby Thesaurus words for "hatchet":
     adz, ax, battle-ax, bread knife, bushwhacker, butcher knife, carving knife, chaser, chisel, cleaver, clipper, clippers, dagger, gouge, hack, halberd, hoe, hunting knife, jackknife, knife, lance, lancet, letter-opener, machete, mattock, nippers, paper cutter, paper knife, paring knife, penknife, pick, pickax, plowshare, poleax, razor, razor blade, saw knife, sax, scalpel, scissors, scoop, scraper, scuffle hoe, scythe, share, shears, sheath knife, sickle, sidecutters, snips, spear, spokeshave, surgical knife, sword, table knife, tomahawk, wedge

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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