American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman who imposes tasks, especially burdensome or laborious ones.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who imposes a task, as in a household.
- n. Female equivalent of taskmaster.
- n. a woman taskmaster
“The Project Runway taskmistress is even less well-equipped to playing hidden-camera pranks like Candid Camera's Allen Funt: A bit in which she affixed big fake boogers to her nose was aptly titled "You Think It's Funny, But It's Snot.”
“I epublish with a magazine called The Edge of Propinquity, and my editor there is both amazing and a taskmistress like whoa.”
“The centaur was a harsh taskmistress - which was of course why she had been given the job.”
“Why do top designers, artists, stylists and photographers want to work for a caprice-and-fiat-driven taskmistress who's never heard an idea she didn't like and dismisses their best work out of hand?”
“The taskmistress of the napkins scraped powder from my cheeks with the knuckles of her left hand, a gesture that said more clearly than words that I was tharais and not beyond her reach.”
“Again I asked her pardon, saying I was a strange-ignorant person, and furthermore I used to be tharos before they banished me from the manufactory for striking the taskmistress.”
“I do believe the taskmistress of the napkins was pleased when I gave her the gold coin, though she had a queer way of showing it.”
“The taskmistress of the napkins was a woman of eminence among tharais, and she wanted me to know it.”
“The taskmistress could have taken the coins and sold my secret to a real thrush, without letting me guess she had peeped.”
“Suppose dawn arrived before the porter, and some taskmistress caught me in tharos garb in the manufactory, and took me to Gnathin?”
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Tip of the hat to Stephen, who always tells me "only one more switchback" as we go up the trail. Usually it is a lie, but it still works!
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