To take up the hatchet
Hatchet Hatch"et (-[e^]t), n. [F. hachette, dim. of hache ax. See 1st {Hatch}, {Hash}.] 1. A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically, a tomahawk. [1913 Webster]

Buried was the bloody hatchet. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

{hatchet face}, a thin, sharp face, like the edge of a hatchet; hence:

{hatchet-faced}, sharp-visaged. --Dryden.

{To bury the hatchet}, to make peace or become reconciled.

{To take up the hatchet}, to make or declare war. The last two phrases are derived from the practice of the American Indians.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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