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See also: pole-axe
- Rhymes: -æks
poleaxe (plural poleaxes)
- An ax having both a blade and a hammer face; used to slaughter cattle.
- (historical) A long-handled battle axe, being a combination of ax, hammer and pike.
ax having both a blade and a hammer face; used to slaughter cattle
- (transitive) To fell someone with, or as if with, a poleaxe.
- (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:
- Lisa Griffin, who runs Brew Rock and an Irish pub in nearby Benidorm, was as poleaxed by the announcement as her customers were.