Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To hew or shape (timber, for example) roughly, without finishing.
  • transitive verb To make in rough form.

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Examples

  • Then a rash impulse swept me -- and praise be for such things: instinct sometimes serves us well when our plans begin to falter; and that should teach us there's a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them however we will.

    Hamlet 5:2

  • Shelley rails against Adam Smith in Queen Mab v, but at the level of the ideologeme is expressed the hope that Adam Smith was right, and that an invisible hand will shape our ends, rough-hew them how we will.

    _Queen Mab_ as Topological Repertoire

  • To shape the ends of wool-skewers, i.e., to _point_ them, requires a degree of skill; any one can _rough-hew_ them.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 21, July, 1859

  • In a sense we Christians, if in a position of responsibility, believe that we are all divinely appointed to the work each of us has to do: instruments of God, who shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we may.

    William of Germany

  • Truly, as the poet says, there's a Divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will.

    Our Elizabeth A Humour Novel

  • You know your Shakespeare, John, and he says most truly: 'There's a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will.'

    To Mars via The Moon An Astronomical Story

  • Tennyson, in a "far off divine event, toward which the whole creation moves," or with Shakespeare when he said "There's a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will."

    Church Cooperation in Community Life

  • Sometimes a strange "Destiny shapes our ends," he remembered reading, "rough-hew them as we may."

    Jack Winters' Gridiron Chums

  • Every man had the right to rough-hew his own life.

    Swirling Waters

  • Indeed, character consists in little acts, well and honorably performed; daily life being the quarry from which we build it up, and rough-hew the habits which form it.

    How to Get on in the World A Ladder to Practical Success

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