escape the ax

Definition of escape the ax

informal

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

Word by Word Definitions

escapeplay
  1. :  to get away (as by flight)

    :  to issue from confinement

    :  to run wild from cultivation

  1. :  an act or instance of escaping: such as

    :  flight from confinement

    :  evasion of something undesirable

  1. :  providing a means of escape

    :  providing a means of evading a regulation, claim, or commitment

ax
  1. :  a cutting tool that consists of a heavy edged head fixed to a handle with the edge parallel to the handle and that is used especially for felling trees and chopping and splitting wood

    :  a hammer with a sharp edge for dressing (see 1dress 6e) or spalling stone

    :  removal from office or release from employment :  dismissal

  1. :  to shape, dress (see 1dress 6e), or trim with an ax

    :  to chop, split, or sever with an ax

    :  to remove abruptly (as from employment or from a budget)

  1. : axiom

    : axis


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