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a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends

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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.
Have no fear," replied Monsieur Maleine, "his pickaxe may demolish the pavilion, perhaps, but it will leave our case intact.
The doctor and the commandant looked everywhere about them; Gondrin's soldier's coat lay there beside a heap of black mud, and his wheelbarrow, spade, and pickaxe were visible, but there was no sign of the man himself along the various pebbly watercourses, for the wayward mountain streams had hollowed out channels that were almost overgrown with low bushes.
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.
Coventry Building Society staff with spades, forks and pickaxes all set to do some work in the community
Police said that a group of men tried to smash their way through the shop window with what are believed to have been pickaxes.
Rescuers using backhoes, shovels and pickaxes attacked the massive wall of earth and mud where as many as 350 people were believed to be missing.
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.
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.