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[aks-muh n] /ˈæks mən/
noun, plural axmen.
a person who wields an ax.
Informal. hatchet man.
Origin of axman
An Americanism dating back to 1665-75; ax + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If I were fit to stay and work for you––as an axman––anything!

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • Where Ruth stood she cocked her head to listen to the strokes of the axman.

  • If this young man Jones is any kind of an axman, he and I can cut the trees and build the pen in half a day.

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • Evidently Casey was disappointed not to get another cursing, for he turned to his comrade, McDermott, an axman.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • The axman brought down his blade with his full strength three times, and the fibers of the tree cracked and began to give way.

    The Boy With the U. S. Survey Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Slang definitions & phrases for axman



A guitarist, especially one who plays in a band or group: learned guitar from Fats Domino's axman

[1976+ Jazz and rock music]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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