Part of speech: verb

To cut with blows, as of an ax; chop; work out laboriously.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "hew":

  1. Pain his neck- nape with tunding, even as he tunded thee; and if he put out his hand to thee, I will cry out a single cry and the policemen will come and take him and hew him in two." - "Supplemental Nights, Volume 1", Richard F. Burton.
  2. But Meleagant does not wish to stop, and continues to strike and hew at him. - "Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot"", Chretien DeTroyes.
  3. Smith tried to stir up interest in another expedition, and travelled about England in 1616, distributing his maps and other writings, but he says " all availed no more than to hew rocks with oyster- shells." - "England in America, 1580-1652", Lyon Gardiner Tyler.