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English definition of “axe”

axe

noun [C] (US also ax)     /æks/
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
(Definition of axe noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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