taskmaster

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

task +‎ master

Noun[edit]

taskmaster (plural taskmasters)

  1. Someone who supervises workers, especially one who imposes hard or burdensome work.
    • 1611, King James Version, Exodus 3:7:
      And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows
  2. (figuratively) A source of hard work or responsibility.