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master hand

or master-hand

noun
1.
an expert:
a master hand at diplomacy.
2.
great expertness:
to show a master hand.
Origin of master hand
1700-1710
1700-10
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  • Fact is, Parson Lothrop wa'n't fond o' inter-ferin'; he was a master hand to slick things over.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • His was the master hand that did what others had been trying to do.

  • This phrase, far from meaning what it would on the Bowery, was interpreted to me as denoting “a master hand in a knock-fight.”

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • It is a theme too large to be treated save by a master hand.

  • Note the master hand wherewith Paul portrays the character of false teachers, showing how they betray their avarice and ambition.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • He's a master hand when he does once take hold of anything, I tell you that!

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • This Act may be said to be the last touch of the "master hand."

    Ryerson Memorial Volume J. George Hodgins
  • Instantly she took a hand—and as usual a master hand—in the affair.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
  • See how Nature harmoniously groups her colour scheme, with a master hand ensuring that nothing shall clash or be inappropriate.

    Spirit and Music H. Ernest Hunt
  • Jacob, sitting high on the box, wielded the reins with a master hand.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton

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