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axe

US ax

/ (æks) /
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noun plural axes

a hand tool with one side of its head forged and sharpened to a cutting edge, used for felling trees, splitting timber, etcSee also hatchet
an axe to grind
  1. an ulterior motive
  2. a grievance
  3. a pet subject
the axe informal
  1. dismissal, esp from employment; the sack (esp in the phrase get the axe)
  2. British severe cutting down of expenditure, esp the removal of unprofitable sections of a public service
US slang any musical instrument, esp a guitar or horn

verb (tr)

to chop or trim with an axe
informal to dismiss (employees), restrict (expenditure or services), or terminate (a project)

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Word Origin for axe

Old English æx; related to Old Frisian axa, Old High German acchus, Old Norse öx, Latin ascia, Greek axinē
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