Adjective "axed" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A tool used for chopping wood, typically of iron with a steel edge and wooden handle.
  1. as modifier 'an axe blade'
  2. 'After the game finished, he was surprised to find the wooden handle of his axe had rotted.'
  3. 'The man threatened to rob Tina's store saying he had a knife, but fled empty-handed after she whacked him with an axe handle.'
  4. 'In her hands she held an axe, the thick handle made of reddish wood, and the head a rusted silver, with a sharp, murderous blade.'
  5. 'He said he was beaten with an axe handle or cane, deprived of sleep, and struck on the soles of his feet until they were covered in blisters.'
  6. 'Sighing dreadfully, he walked out of the wooden door and picked up his axe to begin chopping what he thought was enough fire wood to last for three days.'
  7. 'The case exploded into sharp silvers and he winced as he felt his hand caught on a shard of glass as he reached for the wooden handle of the axe.'
  8. 'Neither talked for quite a while, both just sat listening to the steady swish, chop, swish, chop, of the axe in the wood.'
  9. 'If an axe handle was handy, that wouldn't go astray, either.'
  10. 'Lucio was no where to be seen, but Marie heard the sound of an axe chopping wood outside, so she followed the sound into the cold breeze and around the side of the house.'
  11. 'They kept on hitting one man with an axe handle and it was unbearable.'
  12. '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.'
  13. 'Nineteen children's playgrounds may be facing the axe in the latest round of Lancaster City Council cost-cuts.'
  14. 'The revised sums mean five football pitches across Southampton that were facing the axe in a bid to save £58,000 a year will now be saved.'
  15. 'Cooks at York old peoples' homes are facing the axe under a proposal to buy meals-on-wheels from York District Hospital for residents.'
  16. 'Another 50 jobs in the finance sector are also facing the axe, many at account level.'
  17. 'The end is near for a group of four Basingstoke post offices facing the axe, with two set to close this week and another following within a fortnight.'
  18. '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.'
  19. 'The Dukes is facing the axe as part of the Defence Secretary's plan to cut the number of infantry battalions nationwide from 40-36.'
  20. 'Residents and traders from Bitterne Park staged the protest at Bitterne Park Triangle, where the post office is one of ten across the city facing the axe.'
  21. 'Long-running soap Brookside was last night facing the axe after Channel 4 announced it was moving it from the peak-time evening slot.'
A musical instrument used in popular music or jazz, especially a guitar or (originally) a saxophone.
  1. 'On the upside, he has room to strut his nonpareil axe work, but the orchestra isn't so much an effective foil as an amenable supporter.'
  2. 'At one point, all 10 multi-instrumentalists set down their axes in the middle of a piece and sang in gentle, unearthly harmony.'
  3. 'One guitarist was wielding the same kind of axe Dave Grohl uses.'
  4. 'This is backed up by the first single ‘Slow Burn’ which features some ridiculously truculent axe work from Pete Townshend.'
  5. 'It wasn't an axe, but a musical instrument that was made to look like one.'
  6. 'Ultimately it was this restless search for new lines of axe exploration that led to his becoming bored very quickly with each project he was involved in.'
  7. 'Instead of relying on the hired axes of close friends, he performs all things stringed outside of the bass.'
  8. 'They didn't fit in with the lo-fi angst of grunge and they don't have anything in common with the media - savvy guitar heroes who wield an axe for MTV or AOL.'


End, cancel, or dismiss suddenly and ruthlessly.
  1. '2,500 staff were axed as part of a rationalization programme'
  2. 'She insists her announcement last week that 1,700 jobs would be axed from the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks was a decision taken here and not in Melbourne.'
  3. 'Results for last year show most of the loss is attributed to the huge rationalisation drive undertaken last year, which resulted in 825 jobs being axed.'
  4. 'Perhaps the answer to the budget shortfall may lie in reviewing the number of higher paid managers who need to be employed, rather than axing frontline staff?'
  5. 'In the past 18 months, with the assistance of the trade unions, more than 900 jobs, both production and office staff, have been axed.'
  6. 'Some 60 jobs are reported to be axed although a skeleton staff will be retained to supply European-based content for The Standard's US publication and Web site.'
  7. 'Ferry workers have already been informed that the jobs of gate hands and revenue staff are to be axed and work rosters are under review.'
  8. 'Earlier this month the Ryedale Show was axed and others cancelled include shows at Thornton-le-Dale, Huby and Sutton, and Rosedale.'
  9. 'Since the announcement in September 2002 that 400 jobs were to be axed over the next two years, more than 340 staff have come forward for voluntary redundancy.'
  10. 'Car park security staff jobs have been axed at Bradford Royal Infirmary - as hospital bosses try to solve the hospital's cash crisis.'
  11. 'Shows were being axed, and others ruthlessly dumped in graveyard slots after just a couple of weeks.'
  12. 'There followed a horrendous package of measures to freeze pay and prices, axe public spending and jack up taxes.'
  13. 'Elsewhere, One.Tel - part of the giant Centrica group - has axed the cost of its broadband activation fee until the end of March.'
  14. 'BT is axing the upfront costs of signing up to its BT Broadband Basic service as part of a time-limited promo.'
Cut or strike with an axe, especially violently or destructively.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'The next day, I learned that my favorite tree had been axed to accommodate the neighbor’s car.'
  3. 'Swinging it open, Uncle Noah burst into the room, looking for all the world like a firefighter who had just axed his way in.'

More definitions

1. an instrument with a bladed head on a handle or helve, used for hewing, cleaving, chopping, etc.

2. Jazz Slang. any musical instrument.

3. the ax, Informal. dismissal from employment: to get the ax. expulsion from school. rejection by a lover, friend, etc.: His girlfriend gave him the ax. any usually summary removal or curtailment. verb (used with object), axed, axing.

4. to shape or trim with an ax.

5. to chop, split, destroy, brea

More examples(as adjective)

"visits can be axed."

"slaters can be axed."

"jobs can be axed."

"staffs can be axed."

"skippers can be axed."

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(ax)Old English æx, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aaks and German Axt.


have an axe to grind