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[bawl-buhs-ter] /ˈbɔlˌbʌs tər/
noun, Slang: Vulgar.
an arduous, often unpleasant task.
a person who makes great demands on others; taskmaster.
Also called ball-breaker
[bawl-brey-ker] /ˈbɔlˌbreɪ kər/ (Show IPA)
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British Dictionary definitions for ballbreaker


(slang) a person, esp a woman, whose character and behaviour may be regarded as threatening a man's sense of power
Word Origin
C20: from ball1 (in the sense: testicle) + breaker1
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Slang definitions & phrases for ballbreaker



  1. Something that is very difficult to accomplish; a Herculean task; killer (1950+)
  2. Someone who assigns and monitors extremely difficult tasks: a real ball-buster of a skipper (1970+)
  3. An intimidating man; ruffian; enforcer, gorilla: It had been a mistake allowing these two ball-breakers in (1970s+)
  4. A woman who saps or negates a man's masculinity; castrating female (1970s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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