old battle-axe(redirected from an old battle-axe)
A strong-willed, argumentative woman, typically older in age, who is considered overbearing or domineering. My grandmother was always the matriarch of the entire family, an old battle-axe who answered to no one but God. I gained a reputation of being a bit of a battle ax in the office because of how outspoken and unbending I am about certain issues. Good luck getting that old battle-axe to sign off on any drastic changes you want to make to the department.
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a bossy old woman. She is such an old battle-axe. I'll bet she's hell to live with.
See also: old
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