1. acting as a hard taskmaster or dominating woman.
|Amer. Dict. Sl. (1954) 15/2: ball-busting (adj.) difficult.|
|Doctor Sax 39: Jey-sas Crise gawd damn ballbreaking sonofabitch.|
|Blue Messiah 184: So [...] there isn’t a real ball-busting cops’ union? One that would go all out for the guys on the beat?|
|Memphis-Nam-Sweden 118: That same ball-breaking hillbilly private.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 218: I waited expectantly for the air to turn blue with women’s lib ball-breaking invective.|
|Barbra 419: Behavior which is acclaimed in a man as dynamic, thorough and deliberate is belittled in a woman as that of a ballbreaking shrew.|
|Indep. Rev. 2 July 15: A revenge killing of a boyfriend’s ball-busting boss.|
|Don’t Worry About the Kids 59: My father went crazy, screaming that my mother was a cockteasing ballbusting slut.|
|Powder 484: Fucken ball-breaking is about right, lar. Breaking rocks while Massa McCluskey cracks the whip.|
|Guardian G2 29 Mar. 15: The only interesting thing about my job is when I get to bear witness to the ball-breaking insensitivity of surgeons.|
|Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel 24: He is hellbent on giving maximum offense, butchering even the most sacred cow of the Irish mammy through the hideous, ballbreaking figure of Ryan’s mother.|
|Blue Justice 10: Her new sergeant was well aware of the nickname whispered around the GIB offices. Kay also guessed that the ballbusting feminist probably liked it.|
2. physically demanding, exhausting.
|(ed.) Beats 76: [He] acted more like a Hollywood caricature of a ‘genius’ than a person with the ballbreaking desire to uphold the immortal flame of art .|
|(con. Vietnam War) Everything We Had (1982) 93: That was the most terrible fucking humping I ever did in my life. That really was a ball-breaking hump.|
3. very irritating.
|Shaft 12: Fuck it. And all the rest of this ball-breaking bullshit.|
|Running Dog (1992) 243: They start in with their complications, with their ball-breaking little remarks.|
4. aggressive, cruel.
|Paper Tiger 140: They share the same ballbusting sense of humor.|