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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A brutal taskmaster.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cruel employer who demands excessive work from the employees
  • n. the cruel slave dealer in an anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Etymologies

After Simon Legree, a cruel slave dealer in the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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