Murphy, who has advised both John McCain and Mitt Romney, admittedly has an ax to grind.
Eight projects, from election assistance grants to Even Start, got the ax—but many more must be cut, writes Eve Conant.
Neither of the men connected with the hotel has any ax to grind with the Clintons.
The defense cuts would go through the orderly legislative process of putting together a budget, “using a scalpel and not an ax.”
In a statement, James Pollack dismissed Waldron as a “former staffer with an ax to grind.”
With this he raised his ax, but the woman laid her hand on his arm.
His ax swung up and down, bit into something soft and yielding.
If he took down the saw and the ax from their hooks to inspect them, he put them back again where he had found them.
He swung and swung again, the ax bit deep, but still they came.
He took his ax and cut down the stub, split it open, and found inside over two bushels of bugs.
[musical instrument sense fr the resemblance in shape between a saxophone and an ax, and possibly fr the rhyme with sax]