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The wooden shaft of a pike.
pole, stick, rod, staff, shank, uprightView synonyms
- ‘The judge will refrain from any references to his quill, or his gavel, or his pikestaff, and allow the defendant to be released to spread its insidious gospel.’
- ‘Stick your head through and hey presto, it looks to have been impaled on a pikestaff above York's royal gateway.’
- ‘Skewered on a pikestaff high above the city, the silenced heads spoke eloquently of the fate awaiting those who dared plot against rulers of city and country.’
Late 16th century: from pike + staff.
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