battle-axe

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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battle-axe
 
n
1.  (formerly) a large broad-headed axe
2.  informal an argumentative domineering woman

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Word Origin & History

battle-axe
late 14c., weapon of war; meaning "formidable woman" is U.S. slang, first recorded 1896.
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Battle-axe definition


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

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