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pole·axeor pole·ax (pōl′ăks′)
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.]
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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
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (tr) to hit or fell with or as if with a poleaxe
[C14 pollax battle-axe, from poll + axe]
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n., pl. -ax•es (-ˌæk sɪz)
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]
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Past participle: poleaxed
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|Noun||1.||poleaxe - an ax used to slaughter cattle; has a hammer opposite the blade|
|2.||poleaxe - a battle ax used in the Middle Ages; a long handled ax and a pick|
|Verb||1.||poleaxe - fell with or as if with a poleax|
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poleaxe[ˈpəʊlæks] vt (fig) → terrasser
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