noun, plural pole·ax·es [pohl-ak-siz] /ˈpoʊlˌæk sɪz/.
verb (used with object), pole·axed, pole·ax·ing.
- pole, magnetic,
- pole, reginald,
Origin of poleax
noun, plural pole·ax·es [pohl-ak-siz] /ˈpoʊlˌæk sɪz/, verb (used with object), pole·axed, pole·ax·ing.
Examples from the Web for poleaxed
The sentry fell to the ground like a poleaxed steer and lay still.The Revolt on Venus|Carey Rockwell
I should simply have been poleaxed and dropped overboard, while the yacht sailed away.A Coin of Edward VII|Fergus Hume
As if poleaxed, the green man fell; and both the adventurers recovered their feet.The Heads of Apex|Francis Flagg
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
Word Origin for poleaxe
kind of axe used as a weapon or by butchers, c.1300, pollax, from pol "head" (see poll (n.)) + ax (n.). From notion of beheading or head-splitting, or perhaps from the shape of the ax. Spelling altered 17c. by confusion with pole (n.1)).