battle-axe


battle-axe

noun

  1. a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war.
  2. Slang. a domineering, aggressive, sharp-tempered person, especially a woman.

noun

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

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

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