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"axe" in British English

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axenoun [C]

(US also ax) uk   us   /æks/
a ​tool that has a ​heavyiron or steelblade at the end of a ​longwoodenhandle, used for ​cuttingwood: Julian used an axe to ​chop down the ​oldappletree.the axe (US also the ax) the ​situation in which someone ​losestheirjob: Over 500 ​staff are ​facing the axe.get the axe (US also get the ax) 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.

axeverb [T]

(US also ax) uk   us   /æks/
(Definition of axe from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"axe" in Business English

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axeverb [T]

(also US ax) uk   us   /æks/
HR, WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT to get rid of large ​numbers of ​employees, especially in ​order to ​reducecosts: axe jobs/posts/staff One of the UK's biggest ​retailers yesterday ​unveiledplans to axe up to 1,000 ​jobs in an attempt to kickstart its ​recovery.
to ​stopproviding a particular ​service because it is no ​longerprofitable: Increased ​competition has ​forced several ​low-costairlines to axe ​flights on ​majorroutes.

axenoun

(also US ax) uk   us   /æks/
get/be given the axe if ​employees, ​services, etc. get the axe or are given the axe, a decision is made to get rid of them: A ​plannedexpansion of Wyoming ​healthprograms could get the ax next ​year.
face the axe HR, WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT if ​employees face the axe, they may ​lose their ​jobs, especially because their ​employerneeds to ​reducecosts: Hundreds of ​constructionworkers are facing the axe after a ​fall in ​demand for new ​housing.
take an axe to sth/wield the axe HR, WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT to decide to get rid of a large ​number of ​employees or to no ​longerprovide particular ​services: Legislators are considering taking an ax to the latest ​spendingplans. Companies have to know how to wield the axe when ​marketconditionsdemand it.
the axe falls HR, WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT if the axe ​falls, a ​companyneeds to get rid of a large ​number of ​employees or can no ​longerafford to ​provide particular ​services: The axe ​fell after the ​successfulconclusion of ​mergertalks between two of Germany's biggest ​banks.
have an axe to grind to have a ​strongopinion about something that you want other ​people to ​accept: Most ​shareholders have no ax to ​grind other than ​keepingcompanymanagement honest.
(Definition of axe from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “axe”
in Korean 도끼…
in Arabic بَلْطة…
in Malaysian kapak…
in French hache…
in Russian топор…
in Chinese (Traditional) 斧,斧子…
in Italian ascia…
in Turkish balta…
in Polish siekiera, topór…
in Spanish hacha…
in Vietnamese cái rìu…
in Portuguese machado…
in Thai ขวาน…
in German die Axt…
in Catalan destral…
in Japanese (木を切る)おの…
in Chinese (Simplified) 斧,斧子…
in Indonesian kapak…
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