hatchet


hatchet
hatchet (n.) c.1300 "small ax" (mid-12c. in surnames), from O.Fr. hachete, dim. of hache "ax, battle-axe, pickaxe," possibly from Frankish *happja or some other Germanic source, from P.Gmc. *hæbijo (Cf. O.H.G. happa "sickle, scythe"), from PIE root *kop- "to beat, strike" (Cf. Gk. kopis "knife;" Lith. kaplys "hatchet," kapoti "cut small;" O.C.S. skopiti "castrate").
In Middle English, hatch itself was used in a sense "battle-axe." In 14c., hang up (one's) hatchet meant "stop what one is doing." Phrase bury the hatchet (1794) is from Native American peacemaking custom. Hatchet-man was originally California slang for "hired Chinese assassin" (1880), later extended figuratively to journalists who attacked the reputation of a public figure (1944).

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