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take an axe to

To destroy or attempt to destroy something, usually something intangible. I'm worried that Sarah will want to take an axe to her whole project after hearing your criticism. Congress is going to take an axe to some of the existing laws once the new term starts. I'm afraid I'm going to have to take an axe to the treehouse since it's so rotted.
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Then someone takes an axe to the bar's door while the light jazz plays on.
I too dream of a day when an unelected strong man rises up and takes an axe to all this nonsense which poisons us and weakens us.
But they are all being scrapped as the Conservative-led Government takes an axe to the health service, with the number of doomed units actually growing under Cameron's rule.
Angry resident Steven Cahurst, 26, said: "I won't be surprised if someone takes an axe to it.