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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

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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
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Future
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
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Past Conditional
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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"
References in classic literature ?
I asked, greatly incommoded by the pressure of a hulking fellow who was remarking to some of his equally oppressive friends that the "beggar ought to have been poleaxed.
England's one-day cricket captain was poleaxed by a 90mph bouncer from Australia's Mitchell Starc at Old Trafford two months ago.
Pilkington, at 60kg in the under-20 bouts category, produced a sensational knock-out win over Chorley's Ahmed Massor, who broke his ankle as he fell after being poleaxed in the pre-quarters held in a Manchester church no less.
The man was poleaxed, suffering fractures to his skull and both eye sockets as his head struck the ground.
He said: "He fell poleaxed back onto the pavement when he was punched and as a result either of the punch or hitting the floor, he suffered a very serious brain injury.
The Potters boss returned to Ewood Park after leaving in 2008 and was poleaxed by the former Manchester United trainee (above).
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0 SWANSEA boss Michael Laudrup hit out at referee Mike Dean and his officials for allowing play to continue after Spanish striker Michu had been poleaxed in an aerial challenge with Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
She stormed onto the field and angrily lambasted a player who poleaxed her boy with a challenge for which he was sent off in the under-19s game.
What adds insult to injury is how this generation of savers has also been poleaxed by inflation, low interest rates and quantitative easing.
The Gunners, who were poleaxed by a last-minute Obafemi Martins goal, went to pieces.
The holiday firm, which posts a trading statement on Thursday, has seen its share price plummet 85% in the past 18 months after it was poleaxed by a drop in demand for overseas trips as Britons cancel getaways or holiday at home.