- a medieval shafted weapon with blade combining ax, hammer, and apical spike, used for fighting on foot.
- an ax, usually with a hammer opposite the cutting edge, used in stunning and slaughtering animals.
- an ax with both a blade and a hook, formerly used in naval warfare to assist sailors in boarding vessels.
- to strike down or kill with or as if with a poleax.
Origin of poleax
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Examples from the Web for poleaxed
The sentry fell to the ground like a poleaxed steer and lay still.The Revolt on Venus
And I suppose if we strangled the children and poleaxed the husbands it would leave women free for higher culture.All Things Considered
G. K. Chesterton
I should simply have been poleaxed and dropped overboard, while the yacht sailed away.A Coin of Edward VII</p>
As if poleaxed, the green man fell; and both the adventurers recovered their feet.The Heads of Apex
- another term for battle-axe (def. 1)
- a former naval weapon with an axe blade on one side of the handle and a spike on the other
- an axe used by butchers to slaughter animals
- (tr) to hit or fell with or as if with a poleaxe
C14 pollax battle-axe, from poll + axe
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Word Origin and History for poleaxed
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