pick·​ax | \ˈpik-ˌaks \

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Los Angeles police in 2016 arrested a man who pleaded no contest to destroying Trump’s star with a sledgehammer and pickax about a week after Trump was elected. Fox News, "George Lopez uses water bottle to pretend to urinate on Trump's star in Hollywood," 12 July 2018 The company behind the game rakes in over $300 million per month selling skins, pickaxes, and other digital enhancements to help players compete more or simply look cool. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Poised to Rule the Summer. Are Parents Prepared?," 5 July 2018 The men used shovels and pickaxes to dig down through the debris, coughing as their eyes watered and their bodies shrouded in clouds of ash. NBC News, "Guatemala volcano survivor searches for 46 missing family members," 7 June 2018 That railway was completed in 1904 by 350 workers with pickaxes, shovels and wheelbarrows. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Save time, stay dry on foot in Seattle’s ‘hidden’ passageways and tunnels," 30 May 2018 At one point, Joe slings it over his shoulder, like the Seven Dwarfs toting their pickaxes on the way back from the mine. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "“You Were Never Really Here” and “A Quiet Place”," 30 Mar. 2018 Often, winners are victorious not with bullets but with pickaxes—toppling towers to introduce their foes above to aggressive fall damage below. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Fortnite brings out the 10-year-old fort builder in all of us," 17 Mar. 2018 All players carry a pickax to chop down trees or other objects for building materials to create their own forts. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "This is how to play 'Fortnite' on your iPhone (hint: you need an invite)," 16 Mar. 2018 The charges include allegations that a pickax and a knife were used as deadly weapons. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "Man charged with two counts of murder, including pickax slaying of elderly man," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pickax

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pickax

Middle English pecaxe, alteration of pikois, from Anglo-French picois, from pic pick, from Latin picus woodpecker — more at pie

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The first known use of pickax was in the 15th century

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