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Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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Etymology

Old English hēawan. Cognate with Dutch houwen, German hauen, Swedish hugga and Icelandic höggva.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to hew

Third person singular
hews

Simple past
hewed or rarely hew

Past participle
hewed or hewn

Present participle
hewing

to hew (third-person singular simple present hews, present participle hewing, simple past hewed or rarely hew, past participle hewed or hewn)
  1. (transitive) To chop away at; to whittle down; to mow down.
  2. (transitive) To shape; to form.
  3. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To act according to, to conform to; usually construed with to.
    • 1905, Albert Osborn, John Fletcher Hurst: A Biography,[1] Jennings & Graham, page 428,
      Few men measured up to his standard of righteousness; he hewed to the line.
    • 1998, Frank M. Robinson and Lawrence Davidson, Pulp Culture: The Art of Fiction Magazines,[2] Collectors Press, Inc., ISBN 1-888054-12-3, page 103,
      Inside the stories usually hewed to a consistent formula: no matter how outlandish and weird the circumstances, in the end everything had to have a natural, if not plausible, ending—frequently, though not always, involving a mad scientist.
    • 2008, Chester E. Finn, Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik,[3] Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-12990-8, page 28,
      Faculty members and students alike were buzzing with the fashionable nostrums that dominated U.S. education discourse in the late sixties, [] These hewed to the recommendations of the Plowden Report, []

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