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pickaxe

(US), pickax
a large pick or mattock
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"The men were all wearing hooded tops, had scarves covering their faces and were carrying what police believe were pick-axes."
BOMAKO (TAP) - Islamist militants, swinging pick-axes and shouting God's praise, destroyed ancient tombs of Muslim saints in Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu on Saturday, sparking international condemnation.
MASKED raiders brandishing pick-axes forced terrified staff to hand over cash after storming into a Midlands newsagent's.
In a dim and dangerous tunnel lit only by the flicker of candles, Juan Laguna and four other children toil with rusty pick-axes to loosen chunks of rock they hope will yield at least a little bit of gold.
More often than not, they're going to have to mine capital with their version of pick-axes. However, Laurence Toney, entrepreneur in residence for Opportunity Capital Partners (OCP), an African American-owned private equity firm in Fremont, California, believes business owners shouldn't shy away from the challenge.
Eward will tell us how to wreak disaster with a few well-placed pick-axes," promises one such description.