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axe

noun [C] uk (US also ax)   /æks/ us  
a tool that has a heavy iron or steel blade at the end of a long wooden handle, used for cutting wood: Julian used an axe to chop down the old apple tree.ToolsGardening tools the axe UK (US also the ax) the situation in which someone loses their job: Over 500 staff are facing the axe.Firing staff and being fired get the axe UK When a service, plan, etc. gets the axe, it is stopped or prevented from happening: Religious programmes will be the first to get the axe if she's put in charge of the station.Starting, succeeding and failing in business

axe

verb [T] uk (US also ax)   /æks/ us  
to reduce services, jobs, payments, etc. a lot or completely without warning or in a single action: Because of the recession the company is to axe 350 jobs. The TV series will be axed owing to a decline in popularity.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
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