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[mə′shed·ē or mə′ched·ē]
(design engineering)
A knife with a broad blade 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters) long.



a long knife (more than 50 cm) used in most Latin American countries for cutting sugarcane (hence machetero, “cane chipper”) and for hacking paths in dense thickets. Machetes were used by Cuban insurgents as side arms in the wars of liberation from 1868 to 1878 and from 1895 to 1898 against the Spanish colonialists.

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Their coach was macheted from every angle - for scraping into the World Cup, for leaving out Romario, for betraying their dazzling heritage, and for sticking two fingers up to every critic in the land who denounced his tactics: "If we have to play ugly football to win, we will play ugly football to win," said Big Phil Scolari.
According to a source, the three guards who were killed within 24 hours were macheted to death by their assailants at their duty posts between Friday and Saturday morning
He said one of the guards ran away after sighting the hoodlums and reported the incident at the police station but said the 60-year-old Eze was unlucky as the hoodlums had macheted him before police arrive at the scene
Adejoh was said to have been macheted by the people who invaded his farm with their cows to graze when he resisted and cautioned against grazing on his farm.
Hundreds of locals have been macheted to death, and thous-ands more driven into West Timor in army trucks.
The officer, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), was macheted to death by suspected Fulani herdsmen during an operation in a forest on the Saki-Ogbooro Road in Oke-Ogun area of the state.
Forget that my grandfathers were dockers, I was born in a terraced house, state-educated, have little to inherit, would rather be macheted than vote Tory and prefer to spend my leisure time with pensioners in pubs than bright young things in trendy restaurants.
'They shot another one, macheted him and left him in the pool of his blood but luckily he did not die.
My daddy beat my mummy with a belt; macheted her here (shows arms), macheted her here (shows legs).
The suspects were said to have macheted him and escaped into a bush while the matter was reported to the Area Commander, Ilaro, ACP Titus Musa, who directed his men to the scene of the incident.
TRAGEDY struck in the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, as a Higher National Diploma (HND)student of the institution, Mr Akoh Samuel, was allegedly macheted to death by his friend and roommate.