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  • n  a broadax used as a weapon
  • n  a sharp-tongued domineering wife

  • It is with another teacher, Barbara (Judi Dench), who is their school's battle-ax--cruel disciplinarian, cynical commentator on the hopelessness of its lower-class student body and .
  • In Hotel Paradiso Bert Lahr is married to a battle-ax, and somehow gets out from under her thumb to seek sin with a beautiful blonde lady.
  • Blandings Castle is the scene; present are Lord Emsworth, who resembles a heap of old clothes in the moonlight, his prize pig, his battle-ax of a sister and various featherbrained .

  • Matthew Broderick in New York Times
    You would think that Trixie Norton would be some kind of battle-ax in person, but Joyce is so elegant and thin and pretty,the actor Matthew Broderick said later, when asked about his first meeting with Miss Randolph a few years back.

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