Definition of take the/an ax toinformal
- Congress took an ax to the program.
: to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as
: to seize or capture physically
: to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing
: a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment
: an act or the action of taking: such as
: the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene
: 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
: removal from office or release from employment : dismissal
: 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)
What made you want to look up take the/an ax to? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).