meat ax


noun

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

Definition for meat ax (2 of 2)

meat-ax
[ meet-aks ]
/ ˈmitˌæks /

adjective Informal.

drastic or severe: meat-ax defense cuts.
favoring or advocating drastic reductions: a meat-ax approach to the budget.
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Example sentences from the Web for 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