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- v. To cut or hack heavily; cut to pieces, chop up.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To hew in pieces.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut or hack heavily; cut to pieces.
From Middle English tohewen, from Old English tōhēawan ("to hew in pieces, chop up"), from Proto-Germanic *tō-hawwánan (“to cut to pieces”), equivalent to to- + hew. Cognate with Old Frisian tehawa, Middle Low German tohouwen, Dutch tehouwen, German zerhauen ("to chop up, hack"). (Wiktionary)