a person whose function it is to assign tasks, especially burdensome ones, to others.
a person who supervises rigorously the work of others.
- task·mas·ter·ship, noun
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How to use taskmaster in a sentence
There’s a reputation of fearing the AD a bit in the crew world, because the AD is the taskmaster.Assistant directors work under extreme pressure. What we know about the one who handed Alec Baldwin a gun. | Travis Andrews | October 29, 2021 | Washington Post
We already knew the pandemic was a killer, but it’s also a taskmaster, as Choudhury can attest.Marhaba’s stellar Middle Eastern cooking deserves a permanent spot at Tysons Corner Center | Tim Carman | October 18, 2021 | Washington Post
The Wall Street Journal also reported recently that the role of CEO is evolving from that of taskmaster and lofty, untouchable figure to mentor and coach.The role of the CEO is expanding as people turn to business leaders for stability in time of social uncertainty | Jessica Davies | January 25, 2021 | Digiday
Musk is a taskmaster who plays fast and loose with the rules.
Kenny Atkinson, a development-minded taskmaster hired to guide a rebuild, was never going to be the right personality to lead Durant and Kyrie Irving on a title push.Remember Kevin Durant? The best player in the East is back for the Brooklyn Nets | Ben Golliver | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
CrossFitters work out in groups, moving to the demands of a benevolent taskmaster.
How could one face a régime in which the everlasting taskmaster held control?The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
In the words quoted with approval in the circular of 1835, the parish was to be "the hardest taskmaster and the worst pay-master."English Poor Law Policy | Sidney Webb
One day, when Smith was threshing in the field, his cruel taskmaster beat him severely, although he had done nothing wrong.The Story of the Thirteen Colonies | H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
He had been rather a hard taskmaster, though as a paymaster trustworthy; a ready-money man, just and ungenerous.The Well-Beloved | Thomas Hardy
The words came in quick, gasping breaths, as a child might speak who tried to justify himself to his taskmaster.Flaming June | Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for taskmaster
a person, discipline, etc, that enforces work, esp hard or continuous work: his teacher is a hard taskmaster
- taskmistress, fem n
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