battle-ax


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battle-ax

A bossy, combative woman. Obviously referring to the ancient weapon, the figurative usage dates from the late 1800s. For example, “That battle-ax of a secretary guards her boss so no one can get in to see him.” The cliché is now heard less often and may be dying out.
References in classic literature ?
On the walls, over the doors, on the ceiling, were swords, daggers, Malay creeses, maces, battle-axes; gilded, damasked, and inlaid suits of armor; dried plants, minerals, and stuffed birds, their flame-colored wings outspread in motionless flight, and their beaks forever open.
The oldest, dated 1500-1300 BC, was from Nandrup in northwestern Denmark, where a warrior prince had been buried in an oak coffin with a massively hafted bronze sword, battle-ax, and pottery jar whose interior was covered with a dark residue that was sampled.
He emerges as a genuinely likeable guy--the opposite of his battle-ax of a mother--who always cast a wry eye on the world's follies.
We must stand to the fight-wing ideologues and say, "No, that is not the way it is!" and "I'm not going to stay quiet!" No one can be permitted to use the Holy Scriptures like a battle-ax to kill and wound our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters, unimpeded.
Analysis of the skeletons belonging to the skulls indicates that these individuals died of sword and battle-ax wounds, Murphy and her colleagues report in the January American Journal of Archaeology.
Battle-ax Division: From Africa to Italy with the 78th Division, 1942-45.
"Uh, that's your battle-ax," one of Quantum3D's technical staff gently corrects me.
Canales himself essayed the title role (the matriarch, not her casa) as an iron-willed battle-ax minding her spinster-bound daughters.
Originally taking its form front an ancient battle-ax planted in the ground to mark place and direction, this monumental adaptation is modeled on the 500-year-old Hua Biao pillars in front of the Forbidden City, opposite Tiananmen Square.
tiresome battle-ax (played by Judy Kaye) shouting slogans