n. 25B6; noun HATCHET, cleaver, tomahawk, adze, poleaxe; Brit. chopper; historical battleaxe.
the show was axed : CANCEL, withdraw, drop, scrap, discontinue, terminate, end; informal ditch, dump, pull the plug on.
500 staff were axed : DISMISS, make redundant, lay off, let go, discharge, get rid of; informal sack, fire, give someone the sack, give someone the bullet, give someone their marching orders; Brit. informal give someone their cards.