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pickaxe

(US), pickax
a large pick or mattock
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With the pickaxe he at once began to destroy the empty sepulchre in the middle of the tomb.
The grave was being dug slowly; the fish fled on all sides while their retreat was being thus disturbed; I heard the strokes of the pickaxe, which sparkled when it hit upon some flint lost at the bottom of the waters.
Then Dantes rose more agile and light than the kid among the myrtles and shrubs of these wild rocks, took his gun in one hand, his pickaxe in the other, and hastened towards the rock on which the marks he had noted terminated.
That good man would think himself disgraced if he went into the poorhouse or begged for his bread; he would choose to die pickaxe in hand, out in the open, in the sunlight.
A pickaxe, and a spade, a spade, For,--and a shrouding sheet: O, a pit of clay for to be made For such a guest is meet.
Going to the edge of the pit, I found it occupied by a group of about half a dozen men--Henderson, Ogilvy, and a tall, fair-haired man that I afterwards learned was Stent, the Astronomer Royal, with several workmen wielding spades and pickaxes. Stent was giving directions in a clear, high- pitched voice.
Six of the number were carrying a bier covered with a great variety of flowers and branches, on seeing which one of the goatherds said, "Those who come there are the bearers of Chrysostom's body, and the foot of that mountain is the place where he ordered them to bury him." They therefore made haste to reach the spot, and did so by the time those who came had laid the bier upon the ground, and four of them with sharp pickaxes were digging a grave by the side of a hard rock.
As to the pickaxes and different tools which were Nicholl's especial choice; as to the sacks of different kinds of grain and shrubs which Michel Ardan hoped to transplant into Selenite ground, they were stowed away in the upper part of the projectile.
The trial heard PC Newport had accompanied a Denbighshire Council legal officer to serve notices on travellers at the site but suffered a fractured arm after he was allegedly struck with a pickaxe handle by Elvis Taylor.
Prosecuting barrister Mr John Oates said Mr Williams had a pickaxe handle with him when he went to check reports that people were damaging his fences.
Simon, 34, spent 12 hours hacking away with a pickaxe to retrieve the dogs - Tina and Candy - who got trapped after chasing a rabbit.
A PROPERTY developer has told how a disgruntled employee smashed a pickaxe into the bonnet of his Range Rover as he tried to escape during a terrifying attack.