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

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

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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