1. cleaver (def. 2).
2. Informal.a drastic or ruthless procedure or approach, esp. for reducing or trimming something, as expenditures: The committee used a meat ax on the recreation budget.
Pronunciation: (mēt'aks"), [key]
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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