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slave driver

an overseer of slaves.
a hard taskmaster:
His boss was a slave driver.
Origin of slave driver
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nature, or his cruel habits, had given to his face an expression of unusual savageness, even for a slave-driver.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave-driver.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • "She is wus than a slave-driver," the man said to Harold one day.

    Gretchen Mary J. Holmes
  • It was the slave-driver speaking, the man who governed with a whip.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • The slave-driver had caught Aleck in our town and had locked him up in the caboose for safe-keeping.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • In fact, they're more often like the lash of the slave-driver than decent business.

  • "One half hour to get breakfast and Miss Herne's back hair down," Mr. Rooney said, with the callousness of a slave-driver.

    Blue-grass and Broadway Maria Thompson Daviess
  • slave-driver Legree had driven them out when they demanded a reckoning.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • The planter and the slave-driver care just as much about negro opinion, as the epicure about the sentiments of oysters.

  • White with anger, Faussel turned on his heel and stamped out—to spread the word about what a slave-driver the new director was.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for slave-driver


(esp formerly) a person forcing slaves to work
an employer who demands excessively hard work from his employees
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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