noun ball–break·er
variants: less commonly

ball breaker

Definition of ball–breaker




ball breakers

  1. 1 :  skull cracker

  2. 2 informal + sometimes offensive :  ballbuster When he was sober, he was an okay guy, but when he'd had a few too many Pabst Blue Ribbons, he was a major ball breaker. — James O. Born, Field of Fire, 2007

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Circa 1906

First Known Use of ball–breaker

circa 1906

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a brief usually trivial fact

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