take the/an ax to

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take the/an ax to

informal
:to eliminate (something) or reduce (something) severely
  • Congress took an ax to the program.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

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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