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poleax

noun pole·ax \ ˈpōl-ˌaks \
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

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 and Etymology of poleax

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


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poleax

verb

Definition of poleax

poleaxed; poleaxing; poleaxes
: 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.

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First Known Use of poleax

1855

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  • : to hit and knock down (someone)


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