battle axe

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Replica battleaxes (weapons)

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battle axe (plural battle axes)

A battleaxe block or battleaxe lot.
  1. An ancient military weapon, an axe designed for combat.
    • 1786: Another battle-ax, in the same collection. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page x.
  2. (heraldry) This weapon borne on arms as a mark of prowess.
  3. (informal) A pejorative term for a domineering, sharp-tongued and nasty woman.
    Naturally, she deeply resented having been called a battle-ax.
  4. (informal) An electric guitar.
    • 2013 The instruments (one's named Baby) evoke tender talk from macho musicians. But some of these battle-ax beauties have seen more action than a roller derby queen: They bear the gashes and sweat stains to prove it. "108 Rock Star Guitars" reveals battle-ax beauty by Kiley Armstrong
  5. (Australia, usually spelt "battleaxe") An allotment of land at the rear of another property, with a long, narrow strip of land connecting it to the roadway.

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  • The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at [1]