an arduous, often unpleasant task.
a person who makes great demands on others; taskmaster.
Something that is very difficult to accomplish; a Herculean task; killer (1950+)
Someone who assigns and monitors extremely difficult tasks: a real ball-buster of a skipper (1970+)
An intimidating man; ruffian; enforcer, gorilla: It had been a mistake allowing these two ball-breakers in (1970s+)
A woman who saps or negates a man’s masculinity; castrating female (1970s+)
- Ball cap
baseball cap. a close-fitting cap with a deep visor and usually the name or emblem of a baseball team, worn by baseball players, or by others as casual attire. noun a close-fitting thin cap with a deep peak
the offensive player having the ball and attempting to gain ground. Historical Examples Then ball-carrier remembered his parents and went back to them. The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang Now ever since ball-carrier’s death the family had been very poor, and often could not get enough to eat. The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang The […]
- Ball club
a permanent team of professional or amateur players of a ball game, especially baseball. a club or similar organization that sponsors and promotes a baseball team. Contemporary Examples Two other Ricketts siblings, Todd and Peter, also have a piece of the action with the ball club. Joe Ricketts’s Retreat From Obama Attack Campaign: Are the […]
- Ball cock
a device for regulating the supply of water in a tank, cistern, or the like, consisting essentially of a valve connected to a hollow floating ball which by its rise or fall shuts or opens the valve. Historical Examples On top of the generator is a tipping water-bucket I supplied with water through a ball […]