slave driver

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n slave driver a supervisor of slaves at work
    • n slave driver a cruel employer who demands excessive work from the employees
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slave driver one who superintends slaves at their work; hence, figuratively, a cruel taskmaster.
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Idioms

Slave driver - If someone is a slave driver they work you very hard, often with unreal expectations of what you can achieve.
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Usage

In literature:

The slave-driver may work as hard as the slave in his efforts to appropriate the earnings of others.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
The slave-drivers were not slow to observe this, and two of them took the precaution to stand near him.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
I would as soon accept the lash of a slave-driver.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Yoke in with marked and branded slaves, And tremble at the driver's whip?
"The Liberty Minstrel" by George W. Clark
For three months she was able to keep her child hidden from the slave-drivers.
"Children of the Old Testament" by Anonymous
Slave drivers stood up and bid upon their own children in the auction markets.
"The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Only yesterday I was laughing at him, and telling him he would have made an excellent slave-driver.
"Doctor Luttrell's First Patient" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
De slave driver wuz bad as he could be, an' de slaves got awful beatin's.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
My father gave me an education to be a slave driver over the common people.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
But the Queen was alarmed at the threat and the slave driver, fearing the conqueror of Regos, tremblingly gave up the keys.
"Rinkitink in Oz" by L. Frank Baum
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In science:

Each board consists only of one driver (for one UV or blue LED) but system is proposed as highly modular as one board behaves as a master and several others as slaves.
Calibration System with Optical Fibers for Calorimeters at Future Linear Collider Experiments
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