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(US), pickax
a large pick or mattock


(design engineering)
A pointed steel or iron tool mounted on a wooden handle and used for breaking earth and stone.


A hand tool used for loosening and breaking up closely compacted soil and rock; consists of a steel head which usually is curved, with a point on one or both ends, mounted on a wooden handle.
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Then they slammed their pickax into hard dirt, turning clumps of earth upside down.
The book relies on a great deal of grisly description in creating its horror, whether it is a pickax to the head or the blinding of a small cat.
In 1998, Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker, 38, for the pickax killings of two people in 1983; she was the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
"I call on [Parliament Speaker) Nabih Berri to carry his pickax and head to the south and build more dams and work on increasing the level of Litani waters," he said, in reference to the work that remains to be done concerning the Litani River.
His pickax, if you will, is some language in his sales contract--a simple paragraph that lets the company use the client's name, project, and testimonial in marketing and advertising.
All this to fit into a shoe that looks like a pickax. And you thought high heels hurt.
mystery series, lives in Pickax with his feline assistants, Koko and Yum Yum.
I left Dad tick, ticking into hard ground with a pickax.
Hess calls this the "pickax" response to choice--poking some holes in the system but not making any major changes.
YOU'LL DESTROY IT," WARNS THE OLD MAN, WATCHING his grandson smash a pickax into the dirt on a road in the desolate mountains above Real de Catorce.
Consider Karla Faye Tucker, the drug-addicted pickax killer whose claim that she had become a born-again Christian in jail won unusual allies in her campaign for clemency last year.
We were in the front with pickax, and those with shovels were behind.