poleax


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pole·axe

or pole·ax  (pōl′ăks′)
n.
1. An axe having a hammer face opposite the blade, used to slaughter cattle.
2. A medieval battle-axe consisting of a long shaft ending in an axe or a combination of an axe, hammer, and pick.
tr.v. pole·axed, pole·ax·ing, pole·ax·es
To strike or fell with or as if with a poleaxe: "When a gang of doves circled above the flowing water and swooped in to feed, he poleaxed the leader with a clean head shot" (William Hoffman).

[Middle English, alteration (influenced by pole, long piece of wood) of pollax : poll, head; see poll + ax, axe; see axe.]

pole•ax

(ˈpoʊlˌæks)

n., pl. -ax•es (-ˌæk sɪz)

v. n.
1. a medieval shafted weapon with blade combining ax, hammer, and apical spike, used for fighting on foot.
v.t.
2. to strike down or kill with or as if with a poleax.
[1300–50; Middle English pollax literally, head-ax (see poll, ax); akin to Middle Low German polexe]

poleax


Past participle: poleaxed
Gerund: poleaxing

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
I have poleaxed
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Past Continuous
I was poleaxing
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Past Perfect
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Future
I will poleax
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Future Perfect
I will have poleaxed
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Future Continuous
I will be poleaxing
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been poleaxing
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been poleaxing
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you will have been poleaxing
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been poleaxing
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Conditional
I would poleax
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Past Conditional
I would have poleaxed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poleax - an ax used to slaughter cattlepoleax - an ax used to slaughter cattle; has a hammer opposite the blade
ax, axe - an edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle
2.poleax - a battle ax used in the Middle Ages; a long handled ax and a pick
battle-ax, battle-axe - a broadax used as a weapon
Verb1.poleax - fell with or as if with a poleax
fell, strike down, cut down, drop - cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow; "strike down a tree"; "Lightning struck down the hikers"
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