Meaning of “poleaxe” in the English Dictionary

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"poleaxe" in British English

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poleaxeverb [ T ]

uk /ˈpəʊl.æks/ us /ˈpoʊl.æks/ US also poleax

to hit someone so hard that they fall down:

Blake was poleaxed by a missile thrown from the crowd.

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.

(Definition of “poleaxe” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)