poleaxe

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Originally pollax, from poll (head) +‎ axe.

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poleaxe (plural poleaxes)

  1. An ax having both a blade and a hammer face; used to slaughter cattle.
  2. (historical) A long-handled battle axe, being a combination of ax, hammer and pike.

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poleaxe (third-person singular simple present poleaxes, present participle poleaxing, simple past and past participle poleaxed)

  1. (transitive) To fell someone with, or as if with, a poleaxe.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To astonish; to shock or surprise utterly.
    • 2020 July 26, Sam Jones, “'Everyone is panicking': UK quarantine decision shocks Britons in Spain”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Lisa Griffin, who runs Brew Rock and an Irish pub in nearby Benidorm, was as poleaxed by the announcement as her customers were.

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