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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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The Samoan hooker was seen to draw a finger across his throat after poleaxing Bristol captain Ross Beattie in a fierce collision a week ago.
WERDER BREMEN'S reward for poleaxing Parma was another huge obstacle in the form of Arsenal, but even though they knocked out the holders, don't expect them to do likewise to the favourites.
Livvy stopper Frank Conway was fortunate only to be booked after poleaxing Ally Mitchell in the 10th minute with the Killie man through on goal.
The RFU banned Johnson from next week's Test against the Springboks for poleaxing All Blacks scrum-half Justin Marshall with a right hook from behind.