What do you call someone who gives little time to complete work? For example, a teacher who asks for a submission on a difficult project within just a few days.

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That teacher is such a _____.

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    Perhaps a taskmaster ~ A person who imposes a harsh or onerous workload on someone. Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 20:34
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    What is the meaning that you are trying to impart? Stupidity, cruelty, cluelessness? Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 1:44
  • Most terms for this are rather offensive -- idiot, bastard, slave-driver, etc.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 2:11
  • a swaggering, overbearing, tin-plated dictator with delusions of godhood (Like Captain Kirk in Trouble With Tribbles)
    – user662852
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 5:45
  • Here, the teacher gives an unrealistic deadline. Is she/he unrealistic? Not sure.
    – Ram Pillai
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 7:03

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That teacher is such a tyrant.

The tyrant, according to Lexico, is:

A person exercising power or control in a cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary way

Which is obviously not exclusively about time, but it could involve erratic changes to planning.



n. A person who believes in or practises firm discipline.

When used in the context of a teacher, it has strong connotations to things such as harsh deadlines.

That teacher is such a disciplinarian.

Few other synonyms work as well as martinet

n. A person who demands complete obedience; a strict disciplinarian.

That teacher is such a martinet.

Both [1] [2] definitions from Lexico Oxford Dictionaries.

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