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be a hard/stern/tough taskmaster

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe a hard/stern/tough taskmasterbe a hard/stern/tough taskmasterFORCE somebody TO DO somethingto force people to work very hard taskmaster
Examples from the Corpus
be a hard/stern/tough taskmasterTrue to his word, he schooled her in horsemanship and was a hard taskmaster.She was a hard taskmaster but a considerably fairer one than la Belle Ethel.If self-employment is any guide, the dejobbed worker is likely to be a stern taskmaster.
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