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poleax

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noun pole·ax \ˈpōl-ˌaks\

Definition of poleax

  1. 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. 2 :  an ax used in slaughtering cattle

Origin and Etymology of poleax

Middle English polax, pollax, from pol, polle poll + ax


First Known Use: 14th century


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poleax

verb pole·ax

Definition of poleax

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

Examples of poleax in a sentence

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

1882

First Known Use of poleax

1882


POLEAX Defined for English Language Learners


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poleax

verb pole·ax

Definition of poleax for English Language Learners

  • : to hit and knock down (someone)


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