slave driver

Origin of slave driver

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for slave-driver

disciplinarian, oppressor, tyrant

Examples from the Web for slave-driver

Historical Examples of slave-driver

  • An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave-driver.

  • It was the slave-driver speaking, the man who governed with a whip.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "She is wus than a slave-driver," the man said to Harold one day.


    Mary J. Holmes

  • In fact, they're more often like the lash of the slave-driver than decent business.

  • Out to spread the word about what a slave-driver the new director was.

    Sense of Obligation

    Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)

British Dictionary definitions for slave-driver


  1. (esp formerly) a person forcing slaves to work
  2. an employer who demands excessively hard work from his employees
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