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or pickaxe

[pik-aks] /ˈpɪkˌæks/
noun, plural pickaxes.
a pick, especially a mattock.
verb (used with object), pickaxed, pickaxing.
to cut or clear away with a pickax.
verb (used without object), pickaxed, pickaxing.
to use a pickax.
Origin of pickax
1275-1325; pick2 + ax; replacing Middle English picois < Middle French, Old French; akin to French pic pick2. See pique1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In North Carolina the Indians had a little thing like a pickax which was made out of a deer's horn tied to a stick.

  • After that somebody took a pickax and cracked in my jaw with it.

    Behind the Beyond Stephen Leacock
  • A pickax turns up large chunks of it; these are placed around the sides.

    Trenching at Gallipoli John Gallishaw
  • Jack and Alfonso were supplied with a pickax, a shovel and a basket.

    The Slave of the Mine Bracebridge Hemyng
  • At the first stroke of the pickax it is ten to one but what you are taken up for a trespass.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • They do not care to go back to the track, the pickax and the shovel.

  • Instead, there were big wooden shovels, plows, sickles and a pickax.

    Our Little Persian Cousin E. Cutler Shedd
  • He was taking a glass of ale at the 'Toad and pickax,' and you might hear him all over the yard.

  • Mrs. Surratt said to Mr. Morgan: "I am so glad you officers came here to-night, for this man came here with a pickax to kill us."

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • Nidart put the shovel in his wife's hand, and took up the pickax.

    Home Fires in France Dorothy Canfield

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