battle-axe : Definition, Usages, News and More

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

  • As the Scottish host stared stupefied, Bruce lightly eluded the lance and then brought his battle-axe down with such force that the English knight was split from skull to saddle.
  • First, Shirley's mother (Margaret Dumont, that grand battle-axe of Marx Brothers fame) warns her about the high cost of scruples.
  • Gresham was an assertive "battle-axe" (Lewis' term) whose brassiness embarrassed his donnish cronies.

  • Jon Stewart in National Post
    The Toronto-sprung sidekick to Jon Stewart tells the magazine: "I'm going to be the old battle-axe. They may have to pry my cold dead hands off the microphone."

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