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
I had poleaxed
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Future
I will poleax
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Future Perfect
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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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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been poleaxing
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you 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"
References in classic literature ?
Well, they all went away, and though the attempt was desperate, and such as none but madmen would have gone about, yet, to give them their due, they went about it as warily as boldly; they were gallantly armed, for they had every man a fusee or musket, a bayonet, and a pistol; some of them had broad cutlasses, some of them had hangers, and the boatswain and two more had poleaxes; besides all which they had among them thirteen hand grenadoes.
Because he's got seven years?" 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." I don't know whether he had ever confided his savings to de Barral but if so, judging from his appearance, they must have been the proceeds of some successful burglary.
He also meets Damon, an evil spirit from ancient Macedonia, who intends to use Cooper's best friend, Marshall Seaver, to gain access to a magic poleax that restores life.
Record Sport understands the winger, left, was given the news by medics yesterday after scans showed ligament damage done to his knee when he poleaxed Celtic TURN TO PAGE 49 FROM BACK PAGE defender Moritz Bauer was nowhere near as extensive as first thought.
Archer's thunderbolts, one of which poleaxed Aussie run-machine Steve Smith, earned him match figures of 5-91 on his Test debut at Lord's.
A DRUMMER who had just finished a gig "poleaxed" a man to the floor with a powerful punch that knocked him unconscious for 15 minutes.
After Alex Greenwood scored England's third, referee Qin Lang appeared to take pity on Cameroon, refusing to award a clear penalty against Ysis Sonkeng for a foul on Fran Kirby or a red card when Houghton was poleaxed.
Watts left Luke Gale poleaxed in the 22nd minute with Hull in control of the game leading 18-0 and, while Castleford rallied with their extra-man advantage, the hosts' resolve saw them edge a victory by two points.
Durham's plight took a fresh twist when Paul Collingwood was struck amidships by Gurney and went down as though poleaxed.
England fly half Owen Farrell has subsequently received a two match ban in addition to the yellow card handed out on the day by referee Romain Poite for the dangerous tackle which poleaxed Robson.
Prosecutors said Humphreys, of Kingfield Road, Walton, "poleaxed" Mr Sheard with a punch.