War of the Axe, noun phrase

Origin:
Xhosa, Show more So called because the war began when British forces invaded Xhosa territory, after a patrol (sent to arrest a Xhosa man suspected of stealing an axe) had been ambushed; see quotation 1888.
historical
A war on the eastern frontier between Xhosa and British forces, lasting from March 1846 to December 1847. See also Frontier war (Frontier sense b).
Note:
Also known as the Seventh Frontier War.
1888 H.B. Sidwell Story of S. Afr. 100The War of the Axe, One of Sandilli’s tribe was arrested for stealing an axe, and sent to Graham’s Town to be tried...A band of Kafir warriors burst from the dense bush..and overpowered the escort.
1991 F.G. Butler Local Habitation 268This was the road down which..Collett had sent his wool to Port Elizabeth during the War of the Axe.
A war on the eastern frontier between Xhosa and British forces, lasting from March 1846 to December 1847.

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