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  Dictionary Definition of axe

axe
noun ( plural axes )
1. an instrument with a bladed head on a handle or helve, used for hewing, cleaving, chopping, etc.
2. Colloquial a guitar, usually electric.
-- verb (t) ( axed, axing )
3. to shape or trim with an axe.
4. Colloquial to cut down; reduce (expenditure, prices, etc.) sharply.
5. Colloquial to dismiss from a position.
-- phrase
6. have an axe to grind, to have a private purpose or selfish end to attain.
7. the axe, Colloquial a. a drastic cutting down (of expenses). b. dismissal from a job, position, or the like; the sack. Also, Chiefly US, ax.
[ME; OE x, akin to G Axt, L ascia, Greek axine ]
-- axelike, adjective