1Hit, kill, or knock down with or as if with a poleax.
- The missile hit him full on the knee, poleaxing him to the ground, and ricocheted into the river.
- If a rugby player or boxer had spent almost 15 minutes unconscious after a taking a heavy tackle or being poleaxed by a crushing right hook, the minimum rest period would be a month.
- Having poleaxed the thug, she sauntered off, leaving the detail of his detainment to two remarkably civic-minded passers-by.
1.1Cause great shock to (someone): I was poleaxed by this revelation
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- I was just stunned by how the gaps in his answers didn't seem like he was thinking, but that he was poleaxed.
- Colonel Anderson looked like he'd been poleaxed when he heard you laugh for the first time, when you slipped and I barely caught you that time.
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