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Old English forhēawan, corresponding to for- +‎ hew.


forhew (third-person singular simple present forhews, present participle forhewing, simple past and past participle forhewed)

  1. (obsolete) To cut to pieces.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter xij, in Le Morte Darthur, book VII:
      And Beaumayns sawe hym and made hym redy / & ther they mette [] and put their sheldes afore them / & drewe their swerdes / and gaf many grete strokes that somtyme they hurtled to gyder that they felle grouelyng on the ground Thus they fought two houres and more that their sheldes & theyr hauberkes were al forhewen / & in many stedys they were wounded