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1. The shaft of a pike.
2. A walking stick tipped with a metal spike.


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) the wooden handle of a pike


(ˈpaɪkˌstæf, -ˌstɑf)

n., pl. -staves (-ˌsteɪvz)
1. the shaft of an infantry pike.
2. a staff with a metal spike at the lower end.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pikestaff - the staff of a pike
pike - medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet
staff - a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"


n as plain as a pikestaffsonnenklar
References in classic literature ?
The case is as plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer it becomes.
Then up got Little John, and, taking the bag of gold, which he thrust into his bosom, he strapped a girdle about his loins, took a stout pikestaff full seven feet long in his hand, and set forth upon his journey.
Up he rose at the dawn of the next day, and, taking his stout pikestaff in his hand, he set forth upon his journey once more, as though he would make up for lost time.
Plain as a pikestaff to me," said Miss Howard shortly.
It is as plain as a pikestaff that Sterling should be sold to the highest bidder as soon as possible.
Judge Niclas Parry told her the aggravating feature of the case was "as plain as a pikestaff " the extremely large amount of drugs.
It's as plain as a pikestaff he was the one who notified the customers, named the price and received the money.
I may not be able to see but it was plain as a pikestaff to them that I was blind and no threat to anyone.
Yet it was plain as a pikestaff from the very outset that Barclays wasn't the only financial institution up to no good, getrich-quick merchants in other dealing rooms were part of the concerted conspiracy to rig markets.
Recorder Nicholls said: "It must have been as plain as a pikestaff being able to do all of these things on the golf course that you were in no way entitled to the highest level of disability living allowance.
For any private company looking for success, the choice would have been as plain as a pikestaff.
However, not only is the eastern boundary of East Many Wells Farm only 20 yards from the mouth of the spring, but the property is largely situate upland of Trooper's Farm (12, 94), and, as Taggart puts it, '[i]t would have been plain as a pikestaff (to anyone who had inspected the property) that the water gushing from the Spring came from underneath the upland farm' (93).