Definition of axe in English:
- John enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, feeding wild turkeys, his dog, sawing and chopping wood with his axe and swede saw.
- He threw up the axe handle and I chopped the wood almost in two.
- After the game finished, he was surprised to find the wooden handle of his axe had rotted.
- Another 50 jobs in the finance sector are also facing the axe, many at account level.
- Post offices in Pewsham, near Chippenham, and Frampton Cotterell and Hambrook in Gloucestershire are the other branches in the region facing the axe next month.
- The proposed closures come on top of six branches in Rochdale and Royton which have shut since June last year and a further seven branches in Heywood and Middleton which are facing the axe.
- They know how to bang riffs out of their axes well, but it tends to get buried beneath the mediocrity and predictability of their songwriting.
- In terms of performance he doesn't disappoint, from miming along to a solo on his guitar to shooting at members of the audience with his plastic axe.
- That's to say, he plays as if he knows what his next line is going to sound like before he goes slamming it out of his axe, and that's a mighty big step to make.
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- Car park security staff jobs have been axed at Bradford Royal Infirmary - as hospital bosses try to solve the hospital's cash crisis.
- The 33,000 former staff whose jobs were axed as part of the recovery programme are unlikely to join the celebrations, however.
- Shows were being axed, and others ruthlessly dumped in graveyard slots after just a couple of weeks.
- BT is axing the upfront costs of signing up to its BT Broadband Basic service as part of a time-limited promo.
- Elsewhere, One.Tel - part of the giant Centrica group - has axed the cost of its broadband activation fee until the end of March.
- ‘Low prices still talk… to lure customers we axed gift-set prices by up to 20 percent,’ she said.
- They axed doors down that could easily have been opened, broke furniture unnecessarily and tipped the contents of drawers and cupboards all over the place.
- Swinging it open, Uncle Noah burst into the room, looking for all the world like a firefighter who had just axed his way in.
- Jack Nicholson's crazed cry of ‘Here's Johnny’ as he axes his way through a door in pursuit of his wife has been named the most terrifying screen moment of all time.
have an axe to grind
- Have a private reason for doing or being involved in something: he has no political axe to grindMore example sentences
- They are also dependent on informers who, as we journalists know, can sometimes misinform, especially if they have an axe to grind or a political goal to pursue.
- Even if the political insider seems to have an ax to grind, political junkies never tire of their ‘I Was There’ versions of history.
- I've had political science classes where the professor doesn't really have an ax to grind per se, but you can tell that he comes from a certain perspective.
Since Anglo-Saxon times an axe has been a tool or weapon, but since the 1950s it has also been a musical instrument. Jazz fans started referring to saxophones as axes, but now an axe is generally an electric guitar. The axe, meaning a measure intended to reduce costs, especially by making people redundant, goes back at least to 1922. A person who has an axe to grind has a private reason for doing something. The phrase is thought to come from an 18th-century cautionary tale in which a passing stranger takes advantage of a bystander and, by flattering him, tricks him into turning a grindstone to sharpen his axe.
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