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as in:  hew with an axe

hew an oak
  cut or roughly shape as with an axe
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hew hewn hewing hewer hewed hews
Strongly Associated with:   hew to
Do not confuse this with "hue" (quality of color).
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  • hew an oak
  • hew out a path in the rock
  • used an axe to hew a crude canoe from a log
  • A rough-hewn beam supported the ceiling.

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  • Hew them to pieces, hack their bones asunder,
    William Shakespeare  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • In a fury he hewed at them with his sword,
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • At least his hand still clasped the Red Arrow, but his head was hewn off.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • When I was young and in me prime,
    Eh, aye, I could hew . . .
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • Afterward, Annie had, at Mae’s insistence, shown her some documents, ancient yellowed papers detailing their family history, a beautiful black portfolio of genealogies, scholarly articles, pictures of grave old men with extravagant sideburns standing near rough-hewn cabins.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Like most greystones it was a crudely hewn rectangle about a dozen feet tall.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The hut, with its thatched roof and roughly hewn veranda, was the picture of modesty and quiescence.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The great barn was glowing with lanterns swinging from the hand-hewn timbers.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • He set himself to hewing a slab of firewood to make some sort of blade.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • A black toilet seat, worn through to wood in some places, is set in the middle of a rough-hewn bench.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The snow made hewing wood difficult, too.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • There are exposed roof beams, rough-hewn brick and concrete walls, and a roll-up, see-through garage door.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Three massive hand-hewn beams, hauled here from some ancient Breton forest and craned into place centuries ago by teams of horses, hold up the ceiling.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • He had gone five years before her, to prepare everything, to build a little house with a woodstove and furniture hewed from tree branches.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I’ve been meanin’ to get out to the island to pay y’all a visit, but HEW keeps me so tied up I’m lucky to be able to go home at night.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Nonetheless, suppose I were to discover some sort of rough-hewn genius?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The walls were made of rough-hewn stone blocks chiseled with Greek inscriptions—thousands and thousands of them, like graffiti.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • They were rough-hewn, put together with cold nails.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • They were handmade, rough-hewn.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The sides of the cutting were of grey stone, very roughly hewn.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Sleeping bunks are hewn right into the rock walls.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The walls were hewn from white-silver adamas, so that a dim light seemed to glow from within them.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Passepartout hewed, cut, and sawed away with all his might.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Dumbledore reached inside it and pulled out a large, roughly hewn wooden cup.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • With heavy footsteps Murtagh led Eragon to a stone-hewn staircase at the end of the hall.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The wall was built of rough stones, among which, to give strength to the structure, blocks of hewn stone were at intervals imbedded.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In a great hall with pillars hewn out of the living stone sat the Elvenking on a chair of carven wood.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • As he stood and examined his find, he realized he was holding a rough-hewn stone slab with engraved words.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • With what strength he had he hewed at the crawling arm near the wrist, and the hand broke off; but at the same moment the sword splintered up to the hilt.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Behind them loomed Jack London’s dream home—a massive ruin of red and gray stones and rough-hewn timber beams.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • There was no one to hew down (as he had always imagined battles to himself), nor could he help to fire the bridge because he had not brought any burning straw with him like the other soldiers.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I stare at the rough-hewn wood until I hear his footsteps clatter over top of us.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The walls were rough-hewn limestone.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Twenty days was I a hacking and hewing this tree at the bottom, fourteen more in cutting off the branches and limbs, and a whole month in shaping it like the bottom of the boat.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Meggie saw old houses of gray, rough-hewn stone, with a pale church tower rising above the rooftops.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Unfinished and rough-hewn, a man still waiting to happen.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Around the perimeter, interspersed with the tombs, a series of semicircular niches were hewn in the wall.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A favourite at the Old Bailey, and eke at the Sessions, Mr. Stryver had begun cautiously to hew away the lower staves of the ladder on which he mounted.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The statues were hewn directly from sandstone cliffs right in Bamiyan, which is situated on the ancient Silk Road, the caravan route which linked the markets of China and central Asia with those of Europe, the Middle East, and south Asia.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • She had watched the little rough-hewn box as it was lowered into the earth, and then she had returned to her home.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • It was as though the features had been hewn on to a great stone ball.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Two giants sat on the outskirts of the group, casting massive shadows over the scene, their faces cruel, rough-hewn like rock.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Let every soldier hew him down a bough, And bear’t before him; thereby shall we shadow The numbers of our host, and make discovery Err in report of us.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • It was a low gray building hewn from sea stone, with shells and coral fossils imprinted in the rock.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • Creon, unrelenting, condemns her to be immured in a rock-hewn chamber.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
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