- a person whose function it is to assign tasks, especially burdensome ones, to others.
- a person who supervises rigorously the work of others.
Origin of taskmaster
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Examples from the Web for taskmaster
There the prisoners are at ease together; They hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
The taskmaster does not now interfere with him as he was wont to do when he first arrived.The Pirate City
What he needed was a taskmaster like you to call him to terms now and then.Plays by August Strindberg, Fourth Series
But as soon as the taskmaster has departed, even a pretence of work ceases.The Seven Curses of London
But when the sun set she claimed her freedom; and her taskmaster did not dare to say her nay.Folle-Farine
- a person, discipline, etc, that enforces work, esp hard or continuous workhis teacher is a hard taskmaster
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Word Origin and History for taskmaster
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