meat ax: Meaning and Definition of
- cleaver (def. 2).
- 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.
- drastic or severe: meat-ax defense cuts.
- favoring or advocating drastic reductions: a meat-ax approach to the budget.