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axe

(US), ax
1. a hand tool with one side of its head forged and sharpened to a cutting edge, used for felling trees, splitting timber, etc.
2. the axe Informal
a. dismissal, esp from employment; the sack (esp in the phrase get the axe)
b. Brit severe cutting down of expenditure, esp the removal of unprofitable sections of a public service
3. US slang any musical instrument, esp a guitar or horn

Ax

 

a chopping tool meant primarily for working with wood; also used as a weapon. The ax was first used in the early Neolithic period. It was shaped like an elongated stone wedge affixed to the split end of a wooden handle. During the late Neolithic and the Bronze Age, polished stone axes were widely used. Also in use during the Bronze Age were cast copper and bronze axes with an opening in the blade for the handle. Later, stone axes, also with openings for the handle, were made in the shape of metal axes with simulated cast seams. During the Iron Age, iron axes with eye holes were in wide use.

In Ancient Rus’ of the 11th to 13th centuries, there were different axes for the felling of timber, for carpentry, and for battle; battle axes were often richly ornamented. The type of ax in use today appeared in the early 17th century.

ax

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(design engineering)
An implement consisting of a heavy metal wedge-shaped head with one or two cutting edges and a relatively long wooden handle; used for chopping wood and felling trees.

ax

ax, 1
1. A sharp-edged steel tool for splitting wood, hewing timber, etc.
2. An axhammer.

Ax

(dreams)
An ax is generally associated with destruction. We use it to break things up, and in popular horror movies it is used to kill people. The ax can also be used to carve and create art, furniture or other tools. A violent dream suggests that you may be experiencing frustration, anger and hostility. If there was no violence in your dream, then the ax may be positively interpreted as a symbol of productivity and creativity. Either way, an ax is a powerful tool, and as a dream symbol it may be saying something about your personal power and its expression.
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Future presidents of the United States and others elected to office have been placed in a ``Truman Show''-like fish bowl where anyone with enough money, a team of lawyers, a bit of evidence and a partisan ax to grind may be able to sideswipe high-ranking public officials.
GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey and Majority Whip Tom DeLay might as well have been the poster children for angry white men with an ax to grind against everyone.
California pioneered the citizen-sponsored initiative, a process that has run amok and become the purview of well-funded special interests with an ax to grind or with a cause that the state Legislature will not act upon.
I didn't have a political ax to grind with Chris, only a personal one,'' said Florence, who is in her early 30s.