pick·​ax | \ ˈpik-ˌaks How to pronounce pickax (audio) \
variants: or pickaxe

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Harden is taking a pickax to every traditional idea about how the game should be played. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "James Harden Is the Outlier of the NBA," 9 Jan. 2019 Late last month, hours after a man destroyed the star with a pickax, a fierce brawl ensued, leaving one person kicked in the head and another bleeding from the face. Samantha Schmidt, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s Walk of Fame star: The West Hollywood City Council wants it permanently removed," 7 Aug. 2018 Trump supporters had gathered around his new Walk of Fame star Thursday night to honor the president after his old star got taken out by a man with a pickax. Chris Perez, Fox News, "Brawl breaks out at Trump's new Walk of Fame star," 27 July 2018 In 2016, Otis — heir to the Otis elevator company — also used a pickax (and sledgehammer) to destroy the star, all while dressed as a construction worker. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Bail for the 24-Year-Old Who Destroyed Trump's Walk of Fame Star Was Set at $20,000," 26 July 2018 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

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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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