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meat ax

noun
1.
cleaver (def 2).
2.
Informal. a drastic or ruthless procedure or approach, especially for reducing or trimming something, as expenditures:
The committee used a meat ax on the recreation budget.
Origin of meat ax
1825-1835
1825-35

meat-ax

[meet-aks] /ˈmitˌæks/
adjective, Informal.
1.
drastic or severe:
meat-ax defense cuts.
2.
favoring or advocating drastic reductions:
a meat-ax approach to the budget.
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  • It certainly did make folks stare when we walked into the Evergreen with Ka-kee-ta walking behind us with his meat ax.

    The Amazing Inheritance Frances R. Sterrett
  • Have the butcher cut the round steak one-half inch thick and then pound it with a meat ax to break the tough tissues.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson

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