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poleax

1poleax

noun pole·ax \ˈpōl-ˌaks\

Definition of POLEAX

1
:  a battle-ax with a short handle and often a hook or spike opposite the blade; also :  one with a long handle used as an ornamental weapon
2
:  an ax used in slaughtering cattle

Origin of POLEAX

Middle English polax, pollax, from pol, polle poll + ax
First Known Use: 14th century

2poleax

verb

: to hit and knock down (someone)

Full Definition of POLEAX

transitive verb
:  to attack, strike, or fell with or as if with a poleax

Examples of POLEAX

  1. He went down as if he'd been poleaxed.

First Known Use of POLEAX

1882

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