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noun [countable]     axe pronunciation in British English
/æks/
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singularaxe
pluralaxes
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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 influencescandal.

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