Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

Etymologies

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)

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