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hew (verb) cut with a tool something huge.
When you hew something, you cut it with a tool like an axe or a knife. You cut something into shape with a tool when you hew it. You hew stone, when using a tool you cut it into shape. You hew timber and such other things when you saw them.
- Life for the European migrants to the US in the early days of their settlement was very hard. They had to hew trees and split wood for use as firewood.
- With great difficulty he hewed the stone into the shape of a bull.