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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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Judging from the many character references she has accrued over the past few days, Brand is a good and likeable human being who has mellowed since her days as a ball-breaker. Given her comments were made on a satirical show, they couldn't really be construed as incitement to violence, and she later offered a whole-hearted apology - in contrast to the self-serving one recently proffered by Danny Baker.
Denis O'Brien, who is described as a "ball-breaker whom you thank for breaking your balls", has been lauded by influential figures leading the reconstruction effort in the country for his hands on, business-led, social impact investment.
As a result, some women adopted the 'ball-breaker' syndrome, or shied away from leadership.
Salma may be a doting mum but she is also one of the most outspoken stars in Hollywood - a woman even tough film magnate Harvey Weinstein calls "a ball-breaker".
"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."
"The problem with feminism is not that men are left out but that women will never meet men on an equal footing while they worry about looking like a ball-breaker" Broadcaster Sandi Toksvig.
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.