hew out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hew out make or shape as with an axe "hew out a path in the rock"
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Usage

In literature:

And him that hewed you out for needful uses, I'll prove had hands impure with all abuses.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Black Bruin heard Alec hacking and hewing at the trap, but did not consider it anything out of the ordinary.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
Our floor was of maple split with wedges and hewed out with a broadax.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
And the Lord said: 'Hew out a window!
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
But I'll no' set myself to the hewing out of broken cisterns this while again.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Suppose a passage first cut; then they hew out chambers on either side, each about twelve feet wide.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
We went out with arms in our hands, and hewed out spaces in savagery for homes.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
Some of the houses was pole houses, some hewed out.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
They had got a giant of a cypress chopped down, hewed it sharp at both ends and were burning it out inside with fire.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
It was a long craft, hewed out of a single log, which looked at first crankier than it really was.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
The very day after a king ascended the throne he used to begin hewing out the sepulchre where he should lie.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
Ten thousand warriors could not hew a way to liberty from out this awful place.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Boats on the rivers: small freight boats of a primitive type and long canoes hewed out of single logs.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
Now for the door: Hew out planks; two should be enough.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
They live on the little farms that their fathers literally hewed out of a resisting wilderness.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
It was a plank house, too, but all the other houses was make out of hewed logs.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
If you pay too much attention to them you will never hew out anything worth while.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Donald hewed out a wedge-shaped slab of cedar.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
Orders were given to fall back, the intention being to hew a way out through the enemy.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
I can't see why I couldn't hew boards out of a pine myself; eh, Holt?
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
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In poetry:

Up its escarpments, rough and grim,
To its bleak summit rimmed with moss,
The monks of old with prayer and hymn
Hewed out the weary "Way of the Cross."
"The Way Of The Cross" by Clinton Scollard
But is there none? why, then, 'tis more than well:
And glad at heart myself will hew one out,
Let me he only sure; for, sooth to tell,
The sorest dole is doubt—
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
Virginia thence, stirred by a grand unrest,
Swept o'er the waters, scaled the mountain's crag,
Hewed out a more than Roman roadway West,
And planted there her flag.
"Arms And The Man - The Colonies" by James Barron Hope
The miner at his work, the axeman where
He hews out fortune with enduring toil;
The farmer with his plenty and to spare,
For laughing harvests crown our fruitful son.
"Farewell To Lord And Lady Dufferin" by Nora Pembroke
He hew'd the witches limb from limb,
So little mercy they got from him;
His mother came out, and was serv'd the same,
Into fifteen pieces he hackt her frame.
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow
There stood they all, with spindle and rok,
Each over the shinbone gave him a knock:
Svend turn'd his steed, in fury, round;
The witches he there has hew'd to the ground.
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow

In news:

Much like his fellow Canadian pianist and sometime composer Glenn Gould, Marc-André Hamelin has made a career out of playing classical music that interests him rather than hewing to the established works of great composers.
It's really no big surprise that this week's Oscar nominations hew so closely to the already announced Screen Actors Guild Awards, given out live on TNT and TBS at 8 pm this Sunday.
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