taskmaster

noun
task·​mas·​ter | \ ˈtask-ˌma-stər How to pronounce taskmaster (audio) \

Definition of taskmaster

: one that imposes a task or burdens another with labor

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Examples of taskmaster in a Sentence

pitiless taskmaster that he was, Ebenezer Scrooge only reluctantly let his ill-paid clerk have Christmas Day off known as a tough but fair taskmaster
Recent Examples on the Web His taskmaster skills come in handy with Ramsay, who Wongso has challenged to master beef rendang by the end of the week. National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Explores Rugged West Sumatra," 20 May 2020 On Friday, the sun forms a trine with taskmaster Saturn. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 17 May 2020 Work is sometimes creative but often menial and repetitive, the inbox an almost universal taskmaster. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "The Office of Tomorrow," 4 Mar. 2020 Saturn, a taskmaster, enters inventive Aquarius on March 21. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your March Horoscope," 1 Mar. 2020 The unbending taskmaster had been in trouble for weeks because of the team’s sagging record and several questionable roster moves. Mark Long, The Denver Post, "Jaguars fire Tom Coughlin amid 3rd season, following NFLPA shot," 18 Dec. 2019 The senior man plays taskmaster with relish, assigning Ephraim endless drudgery and strangely denying him access to the light itself. BostonGlobe.com, "Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in “The Lighthouse.”," 17 Oct. 2019 In life, Doña Mercedes had been a taskmaster, making masa from scratch, butchering the pig and steaming tamales on a wood stove on a turn-of-the-century rancho. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Beloved S.A. actress took the stage late and got all the laughs," 19 Dec. 2019 The researchers concluded that the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex acted as a taskmaster, tempering activity in more appetitive brain regions so the dieters could exert self-control. Tim Requarth, Longreads, "The Final Five Percent," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of taskmaster

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of taskmaster was in 1530

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“Taskmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taskmaster. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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taskmaster

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English Language Learners Definition of taskmaster

: a person who assigns work to other people

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