hew down

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w>hew down

vt sep treesfällen, umhauen; personsniederhauen; (with machine gun) → niedermähen
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But when he began to hew down a tree, it was not long before he made a false stroke, and the axe cut him in the arm, so that he had to go home and have it bound up.
"There, Prudence, there's a pioneer to hew down the first rough difficulties of your path.
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.