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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pike - medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet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 ?
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.
The case is as plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer it becomes.
An ICM survey published at the weekend made this as a plain as a pikestaff, which may be why Jeremy Corbyn, in his interview with Andrew Marr, inched towards commitment to staying in the EU's customs union, albeit still retaining his dogged ambiguity by referring to "a form of customs union".
SOME weeks ago and before Madame Theresa of the Vicarage had announced the imminent fait accompli massacre it was as plain as a pikestaff that Wales needed a seismic political change.
To me it is as plain as a pikestaff that those shenanigans are more in tune with the manifesto of the fascist black shirts.
There was a pikestaff link between hostility to immigration and support for the Leave campaign, the so-called Brexit vote.
It is as plain as a pikestaff that Sterling should be sold to the highest bidder as soon as possible.
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.