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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.

1855

First Known Use of poleax

1855


POLEAX Defined for English Language Learners

poleax

verb

Definition of poleax for English Language Learners

  • : to hit and knock down (someone)

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