battle-ax

battle-ax

[bat-l-aks]
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; Middle English batelax

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