poleaxe


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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.]

poleaxe

(ˈpəʊlˌæks) or

poleax

n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) another term for battle-axe1
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a former naval weapon with an axe blade on one side of the handle and a spike on the other
3. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) an axe used by butchers to slaughter animals
vb
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (tr) to hit or fell with or as if with a poleaxe
[C14 pollax battle-axe, from poll + 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]

poleaxe


Past participle: poleaxed
Gerund: poleaxing

Imperative
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Present
I poleaxe
you poleaxe
he/she/it poleaxes
we poleaxe
you poleaxe
they poleaxe
Preterite
I poleaxed
you poleaxed
he/she/it poleaxed
we poleaxed
you poleaxed
they poleaxed
Present Continuous
I am poleaxing
you are poleaxing
he/she/it is poleaxing
we are poleaxing
you are poleaxing
they are poleaxing
Present Perfect
I have poleaxed
you have poleaxed
he/she/it has poleaxed
we have poleaxed
you have poleaxed
they have poleaxed
Past Continuous
I was poleaxing
you were poleaxing
he/she/it was poleaxing
we were poleaxing
you were poleaxing
they were poleaxing
Past Perfect
I had poleaxed
you had poleaxed
he/she/it had poleaxed
we had poleaxed
you had poleaxed
they had poleaxed
Future
I will poleaxe
you will poleaxe
he/she/it will poleaxe
we will poleaxe
you will poleaxe
they will poleaxe
Future Perfect
I will have poleaxed
you will have poleaxed
he/she/it will have poleaxed
we will have poleaxed
you will have poleaxed
they will have poleaxed
Future Continuous
I will be poleaxing
you will be poleaxing
he/she/it will be poleaxing
we will be poleaxing
you will be poleaxing
they will be poleaxing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been poleaxing
you have been poleaxing
he/she/it has been poleaxing
we have been poleaxing
you have been poleaxing
they have been poleaxing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been poleaxing
you will have been poleaxing
he/she/it will have been poleaxing
we will have been poleaxing
you will have been poleaxing
they will have been poleaxing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been poleaxing
you had been poleaxing
he/she/it had been poleaxing
we had been poleaxing
you had been poleaxing
they had been poleaxing
Conditional
I would poleaxe
you would poleaxe
he/she/it would poleaxe
we would poleaxe
you would poleaxe
they would poleaxe
Past Conditional
I would have poleaxed
you would have poleaxed
he/she/it would have poleaxed
we would have poleaxed
you would have poleaxed
they would have poleaxed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poleaxe - an ax used to slaughter cattlepoleaxe - 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.poleaxe - 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.poleaxe - 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"
Translations

poleaxe

poleax (US) [ˈpəʊlæks] VTdesnucar (fig) → pasmar, aturdir

poleaxe

[ˈpəʊlæks] vt (fig)terrasser

poleaxe

poleax (Am) [ˈpəʊlˌæks] vt (person) → atterrare, stendere
References in classic literature ?
As soon as the fire begun to blaze, the poor frightened creatures began to rush out to save their lives, but met with their fate in the attempt; and especially at the door, where they drove them back, the boatswain himself killing one or two with his poleaxe.
The tomb of Sir Rhys is actually situated near to the right of the mayor's chair in the Church of St Peter - along with the deadly poleaxe that according to local historians was wielded by Sir Rhys ap Thomas when he fatally wounded the apparent murderer of the two princes in the Tower of London.
Finding a photo of a man looking very similar to herself she finds out that he's Ricky 'Wild Man' Wild, lead vocalist of rockers Poleaxe.