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  • n. an ax having both a blade and a hammer face; used to slaughter cattle
  • n. a long-handled battle-ax, being a combination of ax, hammer and pike
  • v. to fell someone with, or as if with, a poleaxe

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  • v. fell with or as if with a poleax
  • n. an ax used to slaughter cattle; has a hammer opposite the blade
  • n. a battle ax used in the Middle Ages; a long handled ax and a pick


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  • Wretched brutes there at the cattlemarket waiting for the poleaxe to split their skulls open.


  • All that safe, old fashioned boring will be a poleaxe beteen the eyes for them.

    What Happens When Socialism Doesn't Come?

  • Canidius listened to the exchange feeling as if he had been hit by a poleaxe.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Shooting me glares which would poleaxe a lesser man.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • The blade of a poleaxe crashed down, splintering the table, and slicing off the heels of Lynch's boots.

    Dragons Of Summer Flame

  • He would throw the gun at him and poleaxe him with it before firing a shot.

    The Drawing of the Three

  • His poleaxe was stuck into the ground at the edge of the circle made by his men.

    Sharpe's Honour

  • Sharpe thought he could hear El Matarife shouting, he thought he saw the poleaxe raised once in the churning mass of men and screaming horses, and then he saw a fence fall at the far side of the marketplace and, as if a whirling flood had been released by a broken dam, the Partisans fled over the broken wattle of the downed fence leaving the square to the triumphant, blood-stained cavalry.

    Sharpe's Honour

  • El Matarife had picked up a great poleaxe that he slung on his shoulder.

    Sharpe's Honour

  • He had seen the black beard that grew up to the high cheekbones, the small eyes, the broad blade of the poleaxe on the man's shoulder.

    Sharpe's Honour

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  • His clenched fist offered to his forehead on your leaving him in just displeasure; I wish it had been a poleaxe, and in the hand of his worst enemy.

    Anna Howe to Clarissa Harlowe, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 11, 2007