Definition of ball-breaker in English:

Share this entry


(also ball-buster)


1A tough disciplinarian or taskmaster: to be one of the world’s best chefs, you have to be a ball-breaker
1.1A dominating or threatening woman who destroys a man’s self-confidence.
Example sentences
  • But the new face of business is plainly better than the old school: the women are assured without being ball-busters, the men are impatient with Felix's bigotry.
  • She was much taller than me, and all the guys described her as an Amazon, which in their circles meant that she was a ball-buster.
  • I know you're married to a ball-buster who earns seven figures and that you lost your job three years ago, right around the time you started losing your hair.
1.2A demanding and punishing task or situation: the early stretch of the race is the ball-breaker



Example sentences
  • The e-mail she sent you seems rather intrusive, if not ball-busting, but forewarned is forearmed.
  • It seems that these people are going around trying to create publicity for themselves in the most underhanded, backstabbing, ball-busting ways imaginable.
  • It's really not all that simple anymore, given the huge strides in gear and ball-busting confidence, particularly among American climbers.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.