meat-ax

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:
1825–35

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meat-ax

[meet-aks]
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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