Vladimir Putin draws on his background as a master spy, testing and teasing the new regime in Kiev and its backers in Washington.
The master preferred electric burners, even smooth-top cooking.
Vladimir Putin, says John Browne, the former chief executive of BP, is a master tactician.
“He is really a master at humanizing his client,” Satterberg told The Daily Beast.
A master teacher invites his pupils to attend to objects that embody irresolvable tensions.
There was a man more than the master of them all, and his name was Edmund Burke; and how did they treat him?
If it please you, lady, my master bids me say he desires your presence.
Tedcastle bows involuntarily to the great teacher and master of music.
At length the servant returned, saying his master was now ready to see them.
Why master was so careful of her, may be safely left to conjecture.
late Old English mægester "one having control or authority," from Latin magister (n.) "chief, head, director, teacher" (source of Old French maistre, French maître, Spanish and Italian maestro, Portuguese mestre, Dutch meester, German Meister), contrastive adjective ("he who is greater") from magis (adv.) "more," from PIE *mag-yos-, comparative of root *meg- "great" (see mickle). Form influenced in Middle English by Old French cognate maistre. Meaning "original of a recording" is from 1904. In academic senses (from Medieval Latin magister) it is attested from late 14c., originally a degree conveying authority to teach in the universities. As an adjective from late 12c.
early 13c., "to get the better of," from master (n.) and also from Old French maistrier, from Medieval Latin magistrare. Meaning "to reduce to subjugation" is early 15c.; that of "to acquire complete knowledge" is from 1740s. Related: Mastered; mastering.