from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A woman who imposes tasks, especially burdensome or laborious ones.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A woman who imposes a task, as in a household.
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- noun Female equivalent of
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- noun a woman taskmaster
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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.
The taskmistress could have taken the coins and sold my secret to a real thrush, without letting me guess she had peeped.
The taskmistress of the napkins was a woman of eminence among tharais, and she wanted me to know it.
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.
Suppose dawn arrived before the porter, and some taskmistress caught me in tharos garb in the manufactory, and took me to Gnathin?
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.