take an axe to

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.
See also: axe, take
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In his first interview since joining M&S from Asda, Justin King throws open the doors of opportunity -- and rejects reports he plans to take an axe to the supply base