work-master (plural work-masters)

  1. Alternative form of workmaster
    • 1560, Geneva Bible, Wisdom of Solomon 13:1-2,[1]
      Surely all men are vaine by nature, and are ignorant of God, and colde not knowe him that is, by the good things that are sene, nether consider by the workes the work-master. But thei thoght the fyre, or the winde or the swift aire, or the course of the starres, or the raging water, or the lights of heaven to be governours of the worlde, and gods.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica: A Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing[2], page 17:
      Our garments also should be referr’d to the licencing of some more sober work-masters to see them cut into a lesse wanton garb.
    • 1790, The Christian's Complete Family Bible:
      So every carpenter and work-master, that laboureth night and day; and they that cut and grave seals, and are diligent to make great variety, and give themselves to counterfeit imagery, and watch to finish a work.
    • 1840, François Egerton, The Egerton papers, page 188:
      A question had arisen as to the fitness of additional securities on the projected new coinage of crown gold, in consequence of the advancement of Sir Richard Martin from the office of Warden to that of Master-worker, or Work-master, of the Mint.