Suppose a passage first cut; then they hew out chambers on either side, each about twelve feet wide.
I guess I can wait till they've begun to hew out their underpinnin'.
Now, yesterday I broke my axletree, and I go and hew out a new one of green wood.
It is in principle to forsake the Fountain of living waters, and hew out for ourselves broken cisterns which can hold no water.
The quarry is deep, the tools too weak to hew out the stones.
The result is that our feathered carpenter, not being over-valorous, retires and proceeds to hew out another nest.
We shall not be obliged to hew out our material with broadaxes, nor blast it out with dynamite.
There was nothing to bring them here; and as they toiled at piece-work, they would not lift a pick except to hew out coal.
But soon the body asked him to hew out a second cave in addition to the one nature had provided.
So resistant is the columnar basalt in this locality that the ice has been unable to hew out a wider passage.
Old English heawan "to chop, hack, gash" (class VII strong verb; past tense heow, past participle heawen), earlier geheawan, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old Norse hoggva, Old Frisian hawa, Old Saxon hauwan, Middle Dutch hauwen, Dutch houwen, Old High German houwan, German hauen "to cut, strike, hew"), from PIE root *kau- "to hew, strike" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kovo, Lithuanian kauju "to beat, forge;" Latin cudere "to strike, beat;" Middle Irish cuad "beat, fight").
Weak past participle hewede appeared 14c., but hasn't displaced hewn. Seemingly contradictory sense of "hold fast, stick to" (in phrase hew to) developed from hew to the line "stick to a course," literally "cut evenly with an axe or saw," first recorded 1891. Related: Hewed; hewing.