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To cut something down, typically a tree. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hew" and "down." If we're going to build houses here, then we need to hew down a lot of these trees.
hew (something) out of (something)
To carve or cut a particular shape or object out of a piece of wood. Yeah, I hewed this bottle opener out of a piece of wood I had lying around the shop.
To carve or cut a particular shape or object out of a piece of wood. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hew" and "out." I'm going to hew out a bottle opener—what are you making?
hew to (something)
To adhere to a particular idea or rule. The teacher will deduct points if you don't hew to the guidelines for the project.
hew something down
to fell something wooden, usually a tree. We will have to hew most of this forest down. They hewed down the tree.
hew something out of somethingand hew something out
to carve the shape of something out of something wooden. Dan hewed each of the posts out of a tree trunk. He hewed out a number of posts.
hew to something
to conform to a rule or principle. I wish you would hew to the rules a little better. Sarah refuses to hew to the company policies.
To conform to some law, set of beliefs, or course of action: I hope our children will hew to the traditions of our ancestors.