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master

(1) Employer-employee law is sometimes called master-servant law.(2) A person appointed by a court to perform a specific function, such as to sell real estate that is in dispute or to assist with evidentiary issues or other duties. (The practice is rare in federal court, but very common in some state courts.)

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``Nay, but,'' said Isaac, ``thy master has won goodly steeds and rich armours with the strength of his lance, and of his right hand but 'tis a good youth the Jew will take these in present payment, and render him back the surplus.''
``My master has disposed of them already,'' said Gurth.
while, we have been thinking of other matters, Master Cheever's watchful eye has caught two boys at play.
The master looks at his great silver watch, and then, with tiresome deliberation, puts the ferule into his desk.
no," replied Master Jacques, still with his sad smile; "we have not that consolation.
"I' faith, yes," said Master Jacques, fumbling in his pouch; "this parchment.
My master went with me to the smith's forge, to see that I was not hurt or got any fright.
And now having got so far, my master went on to break me to harness; there were more new things to wear.
It was between him and the master, cutting him off.
The master was running up, but was too far away; and it was Collie that saved the hound's life.
To this Master Pedro, who had by this time risen from Don Quixote's feet, replied, "I have already said that this little beast gives no answer as to the future; but if he did, not having money would be of no consequence, for to oblige Senor Don Quixote, here present, I would give up all the profits in the world.
My master's design was to show me in all the towns by the way, and to step out of the road for fifty or a hundred miles, to any village, or person of quality's house, where he might expect custom.