- an instrument with a bladed head on a handle or helve, used for hewing, cleaving, chopping, etc.
- Jazz Slang. any musical instrument.
- the ax, Informal.
- 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.
- to shape or trim with an ax.
- to chop, split, destroy, break open, etc., with an ax: The firemen had to ax the door to reach the fire.
- Informal. to dismiss, restrict, or destroy brutally, as if with an ax: The main office axed those in the field who didn't meet their quota. Congress axed the budget.
- have an ax to grind, to have a personal or selfish motive: His interest may be sincere, but I suspect he has an ax to grind.
Origin of ax
Related Words for axingfire, hatchet, sack, can, discharge, cleaver, poll, tomahawk, chop, cut, fell, hew, boot, bounce, cancel, eliminate, remove, terminate
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Contemporary Examples of axing
The axing has inspired countless articles on appropriate dismissal methods.How to Get Fired in Spectacular Fashion
August 22, 2013
Smith has said she got the impression that her axing came from the suits upstairs, not from show creator Shonda Rhimes.What to Watch on TV This Week
November 9, 2008
Historical Examples of axing
No, then, indeed I didn't, darling; and glad enough he was to be axing me.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
There's a jintleman in the drawing-room as is axing afther masther.
Terry went into the kitchen, with the news that "masther was awake, and axing for tay."
You was axing, Tom, ef there was more business with thim Injun critters.Indian and Scout
F. S. Brereton
Well, when this lad's gone aboard, and is away, I'll be axing for more of his gold.With Wellington in Spain
F. S. Brereton
see axe (n.).
In addition to the idiom beginning with ax
- ax to grind
- get the ax