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meat-ax

[meet-aks]
adjective Informal.
  1. drastic or severe: meat-ax defense cuts.
  2. favoring or advocating drastic reductions: a meat-ax approach to the budget.
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meat ax

noun
  1. cleaver(def 2).
  2. Informal. a drastic or ruthless procedure or approach, especially for reducing or trimming something, as expenditures: The committee used a meat ax on the recreation budget.
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Origin of meat ax

First recorded in 1825–35
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • I wish she would—if you're going to look like a meat-ax, Shad Wells.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • It's nuf to make anybody go put his head under a meat-ax, so it is!

    Capitola's Peril

    Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth