taskmaster

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n taskmaster someone who imposes hard or continuous work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Taskmaster One who imposes a task, or burdens another with labor; one whose duty is to assign tasks; an overseer. "All is, if I have grace to use it so,
      As ever in my great Taskmaster's eye."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n taskmaster One who imposes a task or burdens with labor; one whose function it is to assign tasks to others; an overseer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Taskmaster a master who imposes a task: an overseer:—fem. Task′mistress
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Quotations

  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tasque (Fr. tâche)—Low L. tasca, taxa—L. taxāre, to rate.

Usage

In literature:

All is, if I have grace to use it so, As ever in my great taskmaster's eye.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
His employer is a taskmaster.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
I have slaved it all away for a thankless taskmaster.
"Will of the Mill" by George Manville Fenn
Often they were buffeted and generally ill-used by their taskmasters.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
The oarsmen had to work under a taskmaster all day.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
He was a severe and unsparing taskmaster, and allowed no shirking.
"The Life of Gordon, Volume I" by Demetrius Charles Boulger
It wasn't easy, though; and Bob Donkin wasn't an easy-going taskmaster, not by long odds.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
There the prisoners are at ease together; They hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
They might pass to a hard taskmaster.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
That hard taskmaster, Satan, is sometimes wonderfully indulgent to those who serve him well.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
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In poetry:

Urged by the goad of stern taskmaster Time,
The Seasons come and go, the years roll round.
I watch them from my solitude sublime,
Uttering no sound.
""What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far"" by Alfred Austin
Never say—-as something bodes—-
``So, the worst has yet a worse!
``When life halts 'neath double loads,
``Better the taskmaster's curse
``Than such music on the roads!
"A Serenade At The Villa" by Robert Browning
See, with my garland lying at her feet,
In lonely labour stands mine own, my sweet,
Above the quern half-filled with half-ground wheat.
O red taskmaster, that thy flames were done!
"The Two Sides Of The River" by William Morris

In news:

Last Wednesday, in the early morning, Saturn (Dweller on the Threshold, Taskmaster, Disciplinarian) entered Libra .
The taskmasters who lashed my youthful soul with warnings of sin and it's fearsome consequences got one thing very very wrong.
Bruce Boudreau has gone from players' coach to taskmaster .
The Taskmaster Of 'The Titanic'.
Completion of every task earns a gift at the end of the week, and the revelation of the taskmaster's identity.
The TASKMASTER TT Grinder Receiving Station provides for a streamlined septage receiving operation.
It combines Taskmaster inline-grinding technology with a tramp collector built into its stainless steel housing.
Provided as a fully integrated system, it includes a shaftless screw screen , a Taskmaster® Grinder and control system which coordinates the system's normal and special functions.
A musical taskmaster unveils her latest test.
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