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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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British Dictionary definitions for battle-axe

battle-axe

noun
1.
(formerly) a large broad-headed axe
2.
(informal) an argumentative domineering woman
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Word Origin and History for battle-axe
n.

late 14c., weapon of war, from battle (n.) + axe (n.); meaning "formidable woman" is U.S. slang, first recorded 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for battle-axe

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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battle-axe in the Bible

a mallet or heavy war-club. Applied metaphorically (Jer. 51:20) to Cyrus, God's instrument in destroying Babylon.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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