- a woman whose function it is to assign tasks, especially burdensome ones, to others.
- a woman who supervises others' work rigorously.
Origin of taskmistress
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Examples from the Web for task-mistress
Looking in the face of her future task-mistress was scarcely calculated to awaken a very deep feeling of gratitude.The Cash Boy
Horatio Alger Jr.
For to-day, London, so long his task-mistress and gaoler, had assumed a new attitude towards him.The Far Horizon
Indispensable though he was to his task-mistress, he yet, as in former days, vexed her.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
She seems to stand to him rather in the position of a task-mistress than of a beneficent Being, ministering to his wants.The Roman Poets of the Republic
William Young Sellar