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hew down

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.
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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.
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hew out

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?
See also: hew, out

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.
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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.
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hew something out of something

 and 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.
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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.
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hew to

v.
To conform to some law, set of beliefs, or course of action: I hope our children will hew to the traditions of our ancestors.
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In perfecting my hewing style I have developed techniques that appear to run contrary to those currently being written about.
Many books currently being printed on hewing show the log at a site, usually out of the woods, usually on trestles a couple of feet off the ground and secured with iron dogs.
Another reason for hewing in the woods is that this is the easiest place to stabilize a log.
Another major difference in my hewing style is my stance.
The hewing process begins once the tree is dropped.
Much of the waste wood is removed in the process and this prepares the log for hewing.