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Definition: To bury the hatchet
(-[e^]t), n. [F. hachette, dim. of hache ax.
See 1st Hatch
1. A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand.
2. Specifically, a tomahawk.
Buried was the bloody hatchet. --Longfellow.
, a thin, sharp face, like the edge of a
, 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
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Buried
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [OE. burien, birien, berien, AS. byrgan; akin to
beorgan to protect, OHG. bergan, G. bergen, Icel. bjarga, Sw.
berga, Dan. bierge, Goth. ba['i]rgan. [root]95. Cf.
1. To cover out of sight, either by heaping something over,
or by placing within something, as earth, etc.; to conceal
by covering; to hide; as, to bury coals in ashes; to bury
the face in the hands.
And all their confidence
Under the weight of mountains buried deep. --Milton.
2. Specifically: To cover out of sight, as the body of a
deceased person, in a grave, a tomb, or the ocean; to
deposit (a corpse) in its resting place, with funeral
ceremonies; to inter; to inhume.
Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave. --Shak.
3. To hide in oblivion; to put away finally; to abandon; as,
to bury strife.
Give me a bowl of wine
In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius. --Shak.
(Zo["o]l.), the general name of many species
of beetles, of the tribe Necrophaga
; the sexton beetle;
-- so called from their habit of burying small dead
animals by digging away the earth beneath them. The
larv[ae] feed upon decaying flesh, and are useful
To bury the hatchet
, to lay aside the instruments of war,
and make peace; -- a phrase used in allusion to the custom
observed by the North American Indians, of burying a
tomahawk when they conclude a peace.
Syn: To intomb; inter; inhume; inurn; hide; cover; conceal;