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Definition cut or roughly shape as with an axe
  • 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.
  • 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
  • hewed = cut
  • 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
  • hew = cut or roughly shape as with an axe
  • At least his hand still clasped the Red Arrow, but his head was hewn off.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • hewn = cut
  • When I was young and in me prime,
    Eh, aye, I could hew . . .
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • hew = cut or roughly shape as with an axe
  • They were rough-hewn, put together with cold nails.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • He set himself to hewing a slab of firewood to make some sort of blade.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • 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
  • Passepartout hewed, cut, and sawed away with all his might.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Meanwhile Lucy now and then stole a look across at her sister's hewn and eroded face.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • Even so, Captain Nemo rushed at the devilfish and with a sweep of the ax hewed one more of its arms.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • And there are obstacles in the way: they must be hewn down.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • 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 are exposed roof beams, rough-hewn brick and concrete walls, and a roll-up, see-through garage door.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I prefer it here in the mostly unconsidered rooms of the basement, the stone walls rough-hewn, damp, ill lighted like any memory.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • It was not overly difficult; a series of steep, narrow steps hewn into the rock led up to the next story of woods, so to speak.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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