hew to (something)

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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 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hew to

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Hewing to right and left, I beat my way down that warrior-choked spiral until, near the bottom, those below, thinking that an army was descending upon them, turned and fled.
Hewing to the mean between extremes necessarily involves familiarity with divergent possibilities, which Tudor and Stuart England supplied in abundance.
The 1991-93 assemblage Slave Ready (Corporate) - a woman's pinstripe suit with steel-wool trim (the "corporate" peignoir), an odd little "computer screen" painting with the message "Slave Ready," and a clock whose face begs for "one more minute" - suggests that hewing to the career path is as misguided as following the mommy track.
I do not stand to the right of the log, hewing to my left.