meat' ax"

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]
adj. Informal.
1. drastic or severe: meat-ax defense cuts.
2. favoring or advocating drastic reductions: a meat-ax approach to the budget.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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