hewing to principle is difficult, because it makes party whips angry, spoils dinner parties, and ends careers and friendships.
As to hewing the knoll into terraces up and down again, tear up that confounded plan.
The savages dragged him into their midst, hacking and hewing his inanimate form.
Meanwhile Wolfhart raged back and forth, hewing alway King Gunther's men.
There's a job of hewing for you in the Conlonge shanty,—a man gone off sick.
"I wonder, now, what it is that is hewing away up yonder," said Jack.
We and our machines, both, hewing away on the infinite, beckon and are still.
You are hewing out for yourselves cisterns, broken cisterns, which can hold no water.
This was hewing close to the line, and Mormon glared at him while the spinster sniffed.
He had followed the advancing line of colonization into the Northeast, hewing his way with the other pioneers.
Old English heawan "to chop, hack, gash" (class VII strong verb; past tense heow, past participle heawen), earlier geheawan, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old Norse hoggva, Old Frisian hawa, Old Saxon hauwan, Middle Dutch hauwen, Dutch houwen, Old High German houwan, German hauen "to cut, strike, hew"), from PIE root *kau- "to hew, strike" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kovo, Lithuanian kauju "to beat, forge;" Latin cudere "to strike, beat;" Middle Irish cuad "beat, fight").
Weak past participle hewede appeared 14c., but hasn't displaced hewn. Seemingly contradictory sense of "hold fast, stick to" (in phrase hew to) developed from hew to the line "stick to a course," literally "cut evenly with an axe or saw," first recorded 1891. Related: Hewed; hewing.