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noun [countable] axe pronunciation in British English /æks/ 
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    the axe

    mainly journalism a situation in which a government, a company, or an organization decides to end something or to get rid of a worker or their job

    Two schools face the axe.

    give someone/something the axe:

    The minister was given the axe in the 'cash for influence' scandal.

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used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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