an overseer of enslaved laborers and enforcer of hierarchy and discipline in the institution of chattel slavery.
a hard taskmaster: His boss was a slave driver.
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How to use slave driver in a sentence
Colleagues describe Kashkari as sharp, meticulous, and something of a slave driver, despite having a lighthearted sense of humor.
No doubt you would give free play to the strap and the rawhide and other implements of the slave-driver.A Little Union Scout | Joel Chandler Harris
Next came a swaggering bully of a slave-driver, evidently bred in the North.Lands of the Slave and the Free | Henry A. Murray
She had in her beautiful kindness redeemed his soul from ignorance, as she had purchased his body from the slave-driver's lash.Silent Struggles | Ann S. Stephens
This was a sight not new; but in their midst he caught a glimpse of a crested helmet and the black cloak of a slave-driver.Nicanor - Teller of Tales | C. Bryson Taylor
He neglected his carving, waged bloody battles with his fellow workmen, bullied Master Tobias like any slave-driver.Nicanor - Teller of Tales | C. Bryson Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for slave-driver
(esp formerly) a person forcing slaves to work
an employer who demands excessively hard work from his employees
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