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.
Idioms for ax
Origin of ax
OTHER WORDS FROM axax·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for axe
And that means they also fall under the umbrella of programs most likely to get the axe when state and federal budgets are tight.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down.
He is the drone official, the bland-faced human-resources manager tasked with dropping the axe.
Those who propagate it are considered paranoids or activists with an axe to grind.Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look.|Will Cathcart|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No matter what your title or your salary, every employee has a boss, and every employee can get the axe.Big Business Bullies Americans into the Machinery of Common Core|James Poulos|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Otter-heart now wished that the other axe might break, and again his desire was fulfilled.The Myths of the North American Indians|Lewis Spence
"Not on me with axe, I pray you," he answered laughing, and twisting his head on one side.Wulfric the Weapon Thane|Charles W. Whistler
One day the cook put his hat on, and took his axe, and started out of the shanty door with an unwonted air of business.On Canada's Frontier|Julian Ralph
He had before placed a pick and shovel, an axe, a couple of boards and some cords in the boat.Work and Win|Oliver Optic
I grabbed my axe, an' made up my mind to die fightin', anyway.Bert Wilson in the Rockies|J. W. Duffield
British Dictionary definitions for axe
noun plural axes
- an ulterior motive
- a grievance
- a pet subject
- dismissal, esp from employment; the sack (esp in the phrase get the axe)
- British severe cutting down of expenditure, esp the removal of unprofitable sections of a public service
Word Origin for axe
Medical definitions for axe
Idioms and Phrases with axe
In addition to the idiom beginning with ax
- ax to grind
- get the ax