From a weapon to an aggressive woman…

Battle-axe (woman) – an unpleasant and frightening woman with a strong opinion.

Battle-axe – a term, generally considered pejorative, describes an aggressive, bossy woman with determined attitude.

I could not find an exact etymology of the term but the temperance activist Carrie Nation, known for attacking alcohol-serving establishments with a hatchet, is said to be one of the first women described as a battle-axe woman.


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