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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.