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

  • n. An overseer of slaves at work.
  • n. A severely exacting employer or supervisor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An employer who demands excessive work from the employee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. one who superintends slaves at their work; hence, figuratively, a cruel taskmaster.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An overseer of slaves at their work; hence, an exacting or cruel 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. a supervisor of slaves at work

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