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Definition of POLEAX

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Poleax \Pole"ax`\, Poleaxe \Pole"axe`\, n. [OE. pollax; cf. OD. pollexe. See {Poll} head, and Ax.] Anciently, a kind of battle-ax with a long handle; later, an ax or hatchet with a short handle, and a head variously patterned; -- used by soldiers, and also by sailors in boarding a vessel. [1913 Webster] poleaxe

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

poleax \poleax\, poleaxe \poleaxe\v. t.
     1. To fell with or as if with a poleax; -- often used figuratively; as, the entire department was poleaxed after the takeover. [WordNet 1.5 + PJC]

     2. Stunned; astonished;; as, we couldn't speak, poleaxed by the sight in fronnt fo us. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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