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poleaxe

verb [T] uk   /ˈpəʊl.æks/ us    /ˈpoʊl-/
to hit someone so hard that they fall down: Blake was poleaxed by a missile thrown from the crowd.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain informal to give someone such a great shock that they do not know what to do: He was completely poleaxed when his wife left him.Making people sad, shocked and upset
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