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hew

[ hyoo or, often, yoo ]SEE DEFINITION OF hew

Synonyms for hew

  • cleave
  • axe
  • carve
  • chip
  • chop
  • fashion
  • fell
  • hack
  • hold
  • prune
  • shape
  • strike
  • stroke
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HEW

"I intend to hew to the line, let the chips fall where they may," the statement said.

We will mark a straight line on the log and hew to that line.

I guess I can wait till they've begun to hew out their underpinnin'.

The astounded brothers were dragged away to hack and hew and carry.

They draw their long scalping-knives, and hew off broad steaks.

After this, we had to hew a path for ourselves through the forest.

Then it took him but a short time to hew his way through the rock.

The knives of his warriors will hew the living flesh from your bones.

"Hew down the tree instantly, knaves," he added to the woodmen.

They two were strong enough to hew and build alone their own Palace of Delight.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English heawan "to chop, hack, gash" (class VII strong verb; past tense heow, past participle heawen), earlier geheawan, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old Norse hoggva, Old Frisian hawa, Old Saxon hauwan, Middle Dutch hauwen, Dutch houwen, Old High German houwan, German hauen "to cut, strike, hew"), from PIE root *kau- "to hew, strike" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kovo, Lithuanian kauju "to beat, forge;" Latin cudere "to strike, beat;" Middle Irish cuad "beat, fight").

Weak past participle hewede appeared 14c., but hasn't displaced hewn. Seemingly contradictory sense of "hold fast, stick to" (in phrase hew to) developed from hew to the line "stick to a course," literally "cut evenly with an axe or saw," first recorded 1891. Related: Hewed; hewing.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HEW

ax/axe

verbcut with large blade
  • chop
  • cut
  • cut down
  • fell
  • hew

axed

verbcut with large blade

axes

verbcut with large blade

axing

verbcut with large blade
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