slave driver


Definition of slave driver

1 : a supervisor of slaves at work
2 : a harsh taskmaster

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Examples of slave driver in a Sentence

The new boss is a real slave driver. the director is a real slave driver, but actors still clamor for the opportunity to work with him
Recent Examples on the Web Charles Deslondes, a slave driver of Haitian descent, marshaled an insurrection against the slaver Manuel Andry, turning the tools of the plantation—the axe, the sugar cane knife—against his master. Kandist Mallett, The New Republic, "The Response to the Capitol Riot Is Whitewashing the History of Black Insurrection," 18 Jan. 2021 What kind of man would say that if God demands a drop of blood in battle for every drop spilled by the slave driver’s whip, well, the judgments of the Lord are right and true? Michael D. Capaldi, National Review, "The Lies We’re Told about the American Story," 24 Oct. 2020 In a federal lawsuit filed on his behalf by civil attorneys in late 2015, Smith compared Edwards to a slave driver. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, "A white restaurant owner admitted to enslaving a black man. He got 10 years in prison.," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of slave driver

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Slave driver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slave driver

: someone who is in charge of slaves and makes them work
disapproving : someone who makes people work very hard

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