a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war.
Slang. a domineering, aggressive, sharp-tempered person, especially a woman.
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How to use battle-ax in a sentence
The crusty conservative battle-ax Phyllis Schlafly is giving speeches saying that Obama worships government like a god.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’ | Jay Michaelson | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He pleaded for his life, but it had no effect upon the Fire Eater, who shortly arose and approached him with his battle-ax.The Way of an Indian | Frederic Remington
Another day he exercised the battle-ax, which he so dextrously wielded that he was passed knight of arms in the field.
He looks as though 'he would rush out with a battle-ax on his shoulder to meet a chariot.'Japanese Fairy World | William Elliot Griffis
Similar to this is another, "To use a battle-ax to cut off a hen's head."Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889 | Barkham Burroughs
Tulubin, the next pueblo to Ambawan, and only an hour from it, uses almost solely the Baliwang battle-ax.The Bontoc Igorot | Albert Ernest Jenks