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dragon lady

noun
1.
(often initial capital letters) a woman of somewhat sinister glamour often perceived as wielding ruthless or corrupt power.
Origin
after the villainous Oriental woman in the cartoon strip Terry and the Pirates (1934-1973) created by U.S. cartoonist Milton Caniff (born 1907)
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Dragon Lady

noun phrase

A powerful, intimidating woman

[1940s+; fr a character in the popular comic strip ''Terry and the Pirates,'' which originated in the 1930s]


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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dragon lady

A domineering or belligerent woman, as in They called her the neighborhood dragon lady—she was always yelling at the children. This slangy term was originally the name of a villainous Asian woman in Milton Caniff's popular cartoon strip Terry and the Pirates (1934–1973), which ran in many newspapers. It was transferred to more general use in the mid-1900s.
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