- drastic or severe: meat-ax defense cuts.
- favoring or advocating drastic reductions: a meat-ax approach to the budget.
- cleaver(def 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.
Origin of meat ax
First recorded in 1825–35
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