escape the ax

Definition of escape the ax

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

Word by Word Definitions

escape play
  1. : to get away (as by flight)

  2. : to issue from confinement

  3. : to run wild from cultivation

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

  2. : flight from confinement

  3. : evasion of something undesirable

  1. : providing a means of escape

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

ax play
  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

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

  3. : removal from office or release from employment : dismissal

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

  2. : to chop, split, or sever with an ax

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


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