ax

I
ax, axe (New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. chopper, hatchet; instrument (See music). See arms, sharpness. —v., slang, dismiss (See ejection).
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. hatchet, adz, mattock, tomahawk, battle-ax, poleax, pickax, cleaver, broadax, hand ax, single-bitted ax, double-bitted ax.
get the ax*,
Syn. be fired, be dismissed, be discharged, be dropped from the payroll, be let go, get the boot*, get the sack*.
have an ax to grind*,
Syn. have an ulterior motive, have a hidden agenda, have one's own agenda, have one's own ends to promote.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
broadax, hatchet, pickax, maul, tomahawk.

English dictionary for students. 2013.

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