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

Definition of taskmaster

: one that imposes a task or burdens another with labor

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 As if being an absentee dad straight out of a Nineties family film wasn’t enough, Joe is also under constant pressure from his mom Susan (Lydia Gaston), who hides her insecurities behind a strident taskmaster facade. Katie Rife, Rolling Stone, 5 Aug. 2022 The club is betting on manager Antonio Conte, the Italian taskmaster, to find the right balance in his first full season in charge. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 There are many moments in the documentary that show Hayes as a tough, blunt taskmaster. Lee Igel, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Multilingual rapper Lisa, 25, describes how their main producer, Teddy Park, is a firm, but strict taskmaster in the studio. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 23 May 2022 Musk is a taskmaster who plays fast and loose with the rules. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2022 That something has somehow made its way into the tough bones of Cronin, who was brought here three years ago to be a taskmaster, but has suddenly become a ringleader. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2021 Halls carried a reputation in the industry for being a taskmaster who was particularly skilled at keeping productions on schedule. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 One of the people helping Stevenson stay focused is veteran coach Ivan Fears, a stern taskmaster whom the rookie appreciates. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of taskmaster

1530, in the meaning defined above

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7 Sep 2022

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“Taskmaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taskmaster. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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