battle-ax


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bat·tle-axe

or bat·tle-ax (băt′l-ăks′)
n.
1. A heavy broad-headed axe formerly used as a weapon.
2. Derogatory A woman considered to be overbearing.

bat•tle-ax

or bat•tle-axe

(ˈbæt lˌæks)

n.
1. a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war.
2. Slang. an aggressive, domineering woman.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battle-ax - a broadax used as a weaponbattle-ax - a broadax used as a weapon    
broadax, broadaxe - a large ax with a broad cutting blade
halberd - a pike fitted with an ax head
Lochaber ax - a battle-ax formerly used by Scottish Highlanders
poleax, poleaxe - a battle ax used in the Middle Ages; a long handled ax and a pick
2.battle-ax - a sharp-tongued domineering wifebattle-ax - a sharp-tongued domineering wife  
married woman, wife - a married woman; a man's partner in marriage

battle-ax

or battle-axe
noun
Informal. A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes:
References in classic literature ?
Here once again history and story are mingled, and Robert the Bruce swings his battle-ax and wings his faultless arrow, saving his people from the English yoke.
It was as singular as it was gratifying that I was also so fortunate as to find among the rubbish of the arena, a stained and mutilated copy of the Roman Daily Battle-Ax, containing a critique upon this very performance.
The oldest, dated 1500-1300 BC, was from Nandrup in northwestern Denmark, where a warrior prince had been buried in an oak coffin with a massively hafted bronze sword, battle-ax, and pottery jar whose interior was covered with a dark residue that was sampled.
Dench plays Barbara, a battle-ax history teacher who befriends first-year art instructor Sheba (Blanchett), who's more than a little overwhelmed by the ruffians at their British comprehensive school.
He emerges as a genuinely likeable guy--the opposite of his battle-ax of a mother--who always cast a wry eye on the world's follies.
Analysis of the skeletons belonging to the skulls indicates that these individuals died of sword and battle-ax wounds, Murphy and her colleagues report in the January American Journal of Archaeology.
Battle-ax Division: From Africa to Italy with the 78th Division, 1942-45.