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[task-mis-tris, tahsk-] /ˈtæskˌmɪs trɪs, ˈtɑsk-/
a woman whose function it is to assign tasks, especially burdensome ones, to others.
a woman who supervises others' work rigorously.
Origin of taskmistress
1595-1605; task + mistress
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Indispensable though he was to his task-mistress, he yet, as in former days, vexed her.

  • Looking in the face of her future task-mistress was scarcely calculated to awaken a very deep feeling of gratitude.

    The Cash Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • For to-day, London, so long his task-mistress and gaoler, had assumed a new attitude towards him.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
  • She seems to stand to him rather in the position of a task-mistress than of a beneficent Being, ministering to his wants.

    The Roman Poets of the Republic William Young Sellar

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