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(US), pickax
a large pick or mattock
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(design engineering)
A pointed steel or iron tool mounted on a wooden handle and used for breaking earth and stone.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In this zone, you cannot fire a weapon, swing a pickaxe, throw a grenade, or use items.
"We are now having to turn to pickaxes and shovels, as we dig down onto the sewer, so we can manually dig out the blockage.
Engineers are now having to turn to pickaxes and shovels to dig down into the sewer so the blockage can be manually removed.
There are places where you stick the pickaxe or rod in and we see a lot of smoke coming out and fire and it's impossible to keep digging because we could die," said 25-year-old rescuer Diego Lorenzana.
Residents equipped with pickaxes and shovels were trying to recover the bodies, the radio station said.
The robbery, which took place on Friday in broad daylight, involved two men wearing hoods and armed with pickaxes who threatened two workers at the California Mining and Minerals Museum in Mariposa, the (http://www.csmonitor.com/tags/topic/California+Highway+Patrol) California Highway Patrol told reporters.
Video footage obtained by Agence France Presse shows turbaned men smashing a mausoleum with pickaxes in a cloud of dust, the mud-brick tomb showing gaping holes in the side with rubble piling up alongside it.
Beneath, the thieves wield pickaxes, shovels and spades, bleak tools borrowed for a grim surgeon's practice of dismemberment.
We can be dealing with a pounds 20m supermarket scheme in the morning and hiring out a digger and a handful of pickaxes in the afternoon Worst thing about job: Frustration at how long things take Business tip: Persevere
A TERRIFIED community living in fear of burglars are taking the law into their own hands by arming themselves with pickaxes and billhooks.
Half a dozen others were believed to be trapped under the rubble as frantic rescue workers removed debris with shovels, pickaxes and their bare hands.
In 1998 two Greek Cypriot women took cell phones and pickaxes to a military cemetery, in search of their husbands who disappeared in the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.