Is there something or someone you need to cut out of your life? Is there a certain behavior or a certain situation you need to cut short? If someone is coming after you with an ax, ask yourself if someone has recently criticized you or “cut you down” with harsh words. An ax is mostly used for chopping down trees, and trees often refer to family. Is there anything threatening the bond of your family right now? Sometimes an ax can refer to an ex (a play on words).