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battle-ax

[bat-l-aks] /ˈbæt lˌæks/
noun
1.
a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war.
2.
Slang. a domineering, aggressive, sharp-tempered person, especially a woman.
Also, battle-axe.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English batelax
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battle-ax

noun

An ill-tempered woman, esp a mean old woman; virago (1890s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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