poleaxe


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poleaxe

a long-handled hammer, about 9 to 10 lb, originally with an axe blade at the front, used at one time for stunning cattle prior to bleeding out at slaughter.
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Having lost his one-stroke lead after a bogey at the 15th hole, the Swede found time to chat to and sign an autograph for a handicapped spectator but, his nerve ends shredded, he proceeded to poleaxe another bystander with a wayward drive at the 16th before salvaging his par.
The cheeky TV presenter went on: "I'd chuck a pie at Frank Bruno but it would poleaxe the poor fellow.
They grabbed the lead when Hoyland appeared to poleaxe Martin Thomas and Steve Watkin powered in the penalty.