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v. hewed, hewn (hyo͞on) or hewed, hew·ing, hews
1. To make or shape with or as if with an axe: hew a path through the underbrush.
2. To cut down with an axe; fell: hew an oak.
3. To strike or cut; cleave.
1. To cut something by repeated blows, as of an axe.
2. To adhere or conform strictly; hold: hew to the line.

[Middle English hewen, from Old English hēawan; see kau- in Indo-European roots.]

hew′er n.


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Noun1.hewer - a person who hews
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
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I, who preached contentment with a humble lot, and justified the vocation even of hewers of wood and drawers of water in God's service--I, His ordained minister, almost rave in my restlessness.
be confined in feeble-minded homes, but who were not strong enough to be ought else than hewers of wood and drawers of water.
Hewers of wood and drawers of water, such were they from now onwards.