the brutal plantation owner in the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin who abuses and murders several enslaved people.
any harsh, merciless master: Our math teacher is a Simon Legree.
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How to use Simon Legree in a sentence
He knew just how to handle Simon Legree, and without Suggs things went fairly smooth—on the surface.Cue for Quiet | Thomas L. Sherred
He bears the same relation to gambling that Simon Legree bore to the institution of slavery of fifty years ago.Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World | Clifton R. Wooldridge
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
With the stern look of a Simon Legree she demanded, "How dare you leave your seats!"Civics and Health | William H. Allen