axe1 also ax American English [countable]
a tool with a heavy metal blade on the end of a long handle, used to cut down trees or split pieces of wood ➔ pickaxe
if someone gets the axe, they are dismissed from their job:
100 workers are facing the axe in a cost-cutting exercise.
if a plan, system, or service gets the axe, someone gets rid of it:
MPs know there will be cuts in public spending but do not know on which department the axe will fall.
to have a strong personal opinion about something which is the reason why you do something:
I need objective advice from someone with no axe to grind.