One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
historical battleaxe, poleaxe
1‘the show was axed last month as a result of poor ratings’
cancel, withdraw, drop, abandon, end, terminate, put an end to, discontinue
informal scrap, cut, junk, ditch, dump, give something the chop, pull the plug on, knock something on the head
2‘500 staff were axed as part of a rationalization programme’
dismiss, give someone notice, make redundant, throw out, get rid of, lay off, let go, discharge
informal sack, fire, kick out, boot out, give someone the sack, give someone the boot, give someone the bullet, give someone the heave-ho, give someone the old heave-ho, give someone the elbow, give someone the push, give someone their marching orders, show someone the door
British informal give someone their cards
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