- 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.
Idioms about ax
Origin of ax
OTHER WORDS FROM axaxlike, adjective
Other definitions for ax (2 of 3)
Other definitions for ax (3 of 3)
How to use ax in a sentence
As for those who aren’t on the final USA Basketball team, well, there are plenty of folks with an ax to grind about that.This WNBA All-Star Team Will Have Extra Incentive To Win. Who Should Be On It?|Howard Megdal|June 22, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
The show lasted three seasons, most recently airing in January 2021, before getting the ax.These Are the Best Fantasy TV Show Adaptations to Watch Now|Raisa Bruner|April 27, 2021|Time
The truck was also carrying paintball guns, shields, three bats and an ax handle, prosecutors said.Two more tied to Proud Boys hit with conspiracy charges in Jan. 6 Capitol breach|Spencer Hsu, Emily Davies|March 26, 2021|Washington Post
The crusty conservative battle-ax Phyllis Schlafly is giving speeches saying that Obama worships government like a god.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’|Jay Michaelson|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Anna Nemtsova|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Kasich wields his ax much less selectively than do most of his party colleagues,” the New York Times Magazine reported in 1998.
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?|Nina Strochlic|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Victor was the younger son and brother—a tete montee, with a temper which invited violence and a will which no ax could break.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
From somewhere in the thicket below a muffled thump, thump, thump came up to them, as though some one was wielding an ax.
The blows of the ax, off in the chaparral, were louder in their ears now, and they could hear a mumble of voices.
Gregory picked up an ax as he stepped back, and then stood confronting the boys threateningly.
The ax was to sever the head from the lifeless body, and all the headless trunks were to be interred together.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
Other Idioms and Phrases with ax
In addition to the idiom beginning with ax
- ax to grind
- get the ax