- an overseer of slaves.
- a hard taskmaster: His boss was a slave driver.
Origin of slave driver
An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for slave-driver
An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave-driver.The Devil's Dictionary
It was the slave-driver speaking, the man who governed with a whip.Captain Blood
"She is wus than a slave-driver," the man said to Harold one day.Gretchen
Mary J. Holmes
In fact, they're more often like the lash of the slave-driver than decent business.A Bottle in the Smoke
Out to spread the word about what a slave-driver the new director was.Sense of Obligation
Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
- (esp formerly) a person forcing slaves to work
- an employer who demands excessively hard work from his employees