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See also: battleax
battle-ax (plural battle-axes)
- (mostly US) Alternative spelling of
- (informal, often pejorative, usually with "old") A domineering and antagonistic woman. UK spelling: battle-axe, battle axe or battleaxe.
- Naturally, she deeply resented having been called an old battle-ax.
Formerly a term of mild opprobrium, "battle-ax" or "old battle-ax" is now sometimes a term of approval or self-identification for an assertive woman.
other senses — see battle axe