noun, plural ax·es [ak-siz] /ˈæk sɪz/.
- dismissal from employment: to get the ax.
- expulsion from school.
- rejection by a lover, friend, etc.: His girlfriend gave him the ax.
- any usually summary removal or curtailment.
verb (used with object), axed, ax·ing.
Origin of ax
Examples from the Web for ax
Contemporary Examples of ax
One morning a few years ago, the editor left his apartment to find an ax stuck into a log on his doorstep.The Kremlin Is Killing Echo of Moscow, Russia’s Last Independent Radio Station
November 7, 2014
“Kasich wields his ax much less selectively than do most of his party colleagues,” the New York Times Magazine reported in 1998.John Kasich: The GOP’s Hobbled 2016 Dark Horse
W. James Antle III
November 3, 2014
Then, one warm summer day, Andrew and Abby were found hacked to death more than a dozen times with an ax.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?
October 30, 2014
The ensuing night gave me the grand migraine of my life, with throbs like the blows of an ax and continuous pinwheels.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Armed with an ax or a machete, he stops incoming cars for questioning: Who are they?Nigeria’s Do-It-Yourself Boko Haram Busters
May 16, 2014
Historical Examples of ax
I rub it on boots, I keep my guns and ax from rustin' by smearin' it on.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
His ax swung up and down, bit into something soft and yielding.
He swung and swung again, the ax bit deep, but still they came.
Then the Triton grew enraged, leaped up and struck at Notscha with his ax.
And in the tree sat a man who was chopping off the smaller boughs with an ax.
see axe (n.).
In addition to the idiom beginning with ax
- ax to grind
- get the ax