take the/an ax to

Definition of take the/an ax to

informal

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

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  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

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

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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