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hatchet-faced

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • hatchet-faced sharp-visaged.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hatchet-faced Having a hatchet-face; having a thin face with prominent features.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Hatchet-faced having a thin, sharp-featured face
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. hachette, hacher, to chop.

Usage

In literature:

His hatchet-face softened for a moment, as if he was sorry for her.
"The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
Professor von Baumgarten was tall and thin, with a hatchet face and steel-grey eyes, which were singularly bright and penetrating.
"The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Throwing aside the counterpane, there lay the tomahawk sleeping by the savage's side, as if it were a hatchet-faced baby.
"Moby Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville
He had a thin hatchet face which just at this moment was shining though from some inward glow.
"Birthright" by T.S. Stribling
Monsieur Wachner stared at her, and a look of fear, almost of terror, came over his drawn, hatchet face.
"The Chink in the Armour" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
He was staring across the table at her, with a curious expression on his long, hatchet face.
"The Second Latchkey" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
She was middle-aged, with a weary, hatchet face, and eyes from which looked a crushed spirit.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
He looked at the speaker and recognized the tall, hatchet-faced, crook-nosed Saunders.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
Milly recognized the hatchet-faced woman of uncertain age, with the forbidding stare through her large spectacles.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
He have hatchet-face; Ba'teese no like a man with a hatchet-face.
"The White Desert" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
He was as plain-looking a man as he had been a boy, more hatchet-faced than ever.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
I always thought they were lean, hatchet-faced Johnnies with inscrutable smiles.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
The Sherlock Holmes of fiction is a gaunt figure, with a hatchet face, spare of flesh.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, October 27, 1920" by Various
One after another they were shot down by the bullets of the white faces, or cut to pieces by the war hatchets of the hated Tuparas.
"Exiled for the Faith" by W.H.G. Kingston
One was a tall, lank person, hatchet-faced and sallow.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Dio's hatchet face snarled at him in startled anger.
"A World is Born" by Leigh Douglass Brackett
Again that triumphant leer contorted Vance's hatchet face.
"The Time Mirror" by Clark South
Professor von Baumgarten was tall and thin, with a hatchet face and steel-grey eyes, which were singularly bright and penetrating.
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
His face is so thin you might use it for a hatchet.
"Holiday House" by Catherine Sinclair
Face like a hatchet.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
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In poetry:

A face like a hatchet, a head made to match it,
And a nose like a pelican's beak;
His legs were all bowed and he was pigeon-toed,
With a chin that was plum mild and meek.
"Yavapai Pete" by Curley Fletcher
The morrow GILBERT boldly on the scaffold took his stand,
With a vizor on his face and with a hatchet in his hand,
And all the people noticed that the Engine of the Law
Was far less like a hatchet than a dissipated saw.
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Marley's family has buried the hatchet with his half-brother, who they claimed was illegally using the reggae-master's face for profit.
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