adjective Informal.

drastic or severe: meat-ax defense cuts.
favoring or advocating drastic reductions: a meat-ax approach to the budget.

meat ax


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meat-ax

Historical Examples of meat-ax

  • 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