escape the ax

idiom

informal
: to avoid being ended, eliminated, reduced, etc.
The school program escaped the ax this year and will continue as before.

Examples of escape the ax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And while Republican leaders have been coyly suggesting that the big-ticket entitlement programs will escape the ax, Democrats are, justifiably, eyeing those pronouncements warily. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 2 Mar. 2023

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“Escape the ax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escape%20the%20ax. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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