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- n. A person or task which is excessively demanding or punishing.
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- n. a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing
- n. a demanding woman who destroys men's confidence
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Gambon and Nighy were beautiful together in their spare, knowing banter, the pair of them bobbing agreeably in the turbulent company of the home secretary (the excellent Saskia Reeves) and department ball-breaker Jill Tankard (the outstandingly bossy Judy Davis).
Okay, maybe that model of a superwoman that rose to prominence in the 1980s was a myth think Sigourney Weaver's Wall Street ball-breaker in Working Girl.
"In three or four years' time, this will be a ball-breaker."
As I said, this one is a real ball-breaker. with no easy answers at all.
Either that or ask Jacqui Smith's husband; he obviously married his ball-breaker for political purposes and needed a bit of help with the other conjugal entitlements.
Basically, Ernie is a creation of Senator Mitch McConnell; you know, the king-maker and ball-breaker who likes to work behind the scenes (read Craig, Stevens, and Vitter).
Note that constructive criticism is the opposite side of an important dividing line from being an impossible ball-breaker or a nag.
What with that and his ball-breaker at home trying to work her own sub-agenda through him, he must by now be a little trepidatious to say the least.
Where the Joker was the ultimate anarchist, Catwoman could be the ultimate ball-breaker, intent on destroying Batman for the sheer pleasure of watching him suffer.
She may have been a gold-digger, a back-stabber or a ball-breaker - but she was never a hypocrite.
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