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taskmistress

[task-mis-tris, tahsk-] /ˈtæskˌmɪs trɪs, ˈtɑsk-/
noun
1.
a woman whose function it is to assign tasks, especially burdensome ones, to others.
2.
a woman who supervises others' work rigorously.
Origin of taskmistress
1595-1605
1595-1605; task + mistress
Usage note
See -ess.
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  • So we worked steadily, my friend's fate being worse, as she worked under the taskmistress's eye.

  • Then our taskmistress appeared just as the floor was finished; she had forgotten the store room, it was locked up and not cleaned.

  • For one blessed three-quarters of an hour before I finished the taskmistress was away.

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