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Noun1.ball-breaker - a demanding woman who destroys men's confidenceball-breaker - a demanding woman who destroys men's confidence
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
2.ball-breaker - a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishingball-breaker - a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing; "Vietnam was a ball-breaker"
chore, job, task - a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee; "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars"; "the job of repairing the engine took several hours"; "the endless task of classifying the samples"; "the farmer's morning chores"
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I was displayed in the media as everything from a ball-breaker to a bimbo and all because I was a woman and a young woman at that.
She's got some of the best lines in the film, in any film really, and as the Prime Minister's PR woman, she's brutal - a real ball-breaker," he says with a grin.
To an eight-year-old lad, The Nutcracker was a ball-breaker, it was anti-Christmas, too girlie.
Being the complete ball-breaker that she is, Becky wears him down until he concedes and reluctantly takes the job.
But '90s Vera too often comes off as a shrill ball-breaker.
I'd always suspected Roz was a bit of a ball-breaker in the office but this was the kind of Nutcracker you wouldn't want to hum along to.