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Simon Legree

[li-gree] /lɪˈgri/
the brutal slave dealer in Uncle Tom's Cabin.
any harsh, merciless master:
Our math teacher is a Simon Legree.


[li-gree] /lɪˈgri/
Simon, Simon Legree. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was pleasant to find that the recent Simon Legree had his human side.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • None is genuine without Simon Legree and the Louisiana bloodhounds.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • He knew just how to handle Simon Legree, and without Suggs things went fairly smooth—on the surface.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • With the stern look of a Simon Legree she demanded, "How dare you leave your seats!"

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • He bears the same relation to gambling that Simon Legree bore to the institution of slavery of fifty years ago.

  • The story she tells of her childhood would make a Simon Legree turn pale with envy.

  • Give me a week or two to rest, and I'll be back in the lab bossing all of you like a Simon Legree.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • Then, the book tries to show how slavery develops the worst men, of the stamp of Simon Legree, the brutal overseer.

    The Battle of Principles Newell Dwight Hillis
  • Beside this pirate ancestry I'll bet he was a direct descendant of Simon Legree.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
Slang definitions & phrases for Simon Legree

Simon Legree

noun phrase

A cruel, unsympathetic person, esp a tyrannical superior; a slave driver

[1849+; fr the character in Uncle Tom's Cabin, somewhat unfairly]


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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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