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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slave driver

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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

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A year ago, the Sun Devils were panned for hiring Herm Edwards, who made for great television but was an unknown as a Power 5 taskmaster. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Why the CU Buffs can be to the Pac-12 South what Arizona State was in 2018," 24 Aug. 2019 Ambition can be a harsh taskmaster and might take precedence in late October and early November, when hard work and attention to responsibilities is a necessity. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for Aug. 8, 2019: Leo, love conquers all; Scorpio, focus on home and family," 8 Aug. 2019 Our internal taskmasters, who admonish us to work harder and never slacken the pace, are powerful. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "There’s a mindfulness exercise that the strongest leaders need to try," 31 July 2019 Yet all the terrifying taskmasters bashing me over the head with Strunk and White appear to have died off. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Semantic Drift," 22 July 2019 She is taught by a tyrant of a taskmaster, Kuroda (who else?) in modern dress. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: ‘Language Archive’ talks the talk," 18 July 2019 Torn's cagey Arthur often had to become a multi-hyphenate nursemaid-therapist-taskmaster to the talented, but hugely insecure host Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling), who called him Artie. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Rip Torn, the joyfully cynical producer on 'The Larry Sanders Show,' dies at 88," 10 July 2019 Kathi is a taskmaster and her style hasn’t changed over the years, including her fiery, red mullet. Gerrad Hall, EW.com, "A man paralyzed by gun violence, Jonathan's former teacher — meet the Queer Eye season 4 'heroes'," 10 July 2019 She was known as a stern taskmaster who delivered love and learning to her students, many of whom tracked her down for years to deliver tales of their success in life. courant.com, "Ann Marie Norton," 12 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of taskmaster

: a person who assigns work to other people

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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