Meaning of hatchet

hatch•et

Pronunciation: (hach'it), [key]
— n.
  1. a small, short-handled ax having the end of the head opposite the blade in the form of a hammer, made to be used with one hand. See illus. under
  2. a tomahawk.
  3. hatchetfish.
  4. to become reconciled or reunited; make peace.
  5. to begin or resume hostilities; prepare for or go to war: The natives are taking up the hatchet against the enemy.
—v.t.
  1. to cut, destroy, kill, etc., with a hatchet.
  2. to abridge, delete, excise, etc.: The network censor may hatchet 30 minutes from the script.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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