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[pahyk-staf, -stahf] /ˈpaɪkˌstæf, -ˌstɑf/
noun, plural pikestaves
[pahyk-steyvz] /ˈpaɪkˌsteɪvz/ (Show IPA)
the shaft of an infantry pike.
a foot traveler's staff with a metal point or spike at the lower end.
Origin of pikestaff
1325-75; Middle English pykstaf. See pike5, staff1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was my own spoor as plain as a pikestaff in the red sand, but of Dirk Starreberg not one trace of spoor was to be seen!

    Tales of South Africa H.A. Bryden
  • The one at which the Tamburini presided was plain as a pikestaff.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • He sent him to Sheffield after you; that is plainer than a pikestaff.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • There is only one road, and that is as clear as a pikestaff.

    On the Heels of De Wet The Intelligence Officer
  • Among the howling and racing men were two who carried each a human head on a pikestaff.

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • To Brereton the whole affair was now as plain as a pikestaff.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • To me, of course, it was clear as a pikestaff and grimly I declined to discuss the matter with the bookkeeper.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • All this jumped with reason well, and was plainer than a pikestaff.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • The plain pikestaff is your style, morally speaking—if any one knows what a pikestaff is.

  • They are as plain as a pikestaff—only any man can be bamboozled by the silliest of them.

British Dictionary definitions for pikestaff


the wooden handle of a pike
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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