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or master stroke

[mas-ter-strohk, mah-ster-] /ˈmæs tərˌstroʊk, ˈmɑ stər-/
a masterly action or achievement; an extremely skillful or effective action:
War was avoided by a masterstroke of diplomacy.
Origin of masterstroke
1670-80; master + stroke1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was not a scheme generated in his teeming brain, like the strategy of a campaign, or a masterstroke of diplomacy.

    Terre Napoleon Ernest Scott
  • Dada used to say, that it is the devil's masterstroke to get us to accuse him.

  • It was a masterstroke, and so Sybil pronounced it afterwards.

    Leonore Stubbs L. B. Walford
  • When Fanny returned with your letter this morning, I prepared for a masterstroke.

    Great Porter Square, v. 3 Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
  • It might have been, from his large assent to it, a masterstroke of high policy.

  • As for you, Susan, it was a masterstroke your venturing into my den.

  • Oedipus by a masterstroke of art is made to imagine that she has departed in shame, fearing he may be proved the son of a slave.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • Matcham often thinks of the masterstroke by which he won the laughing witch who now.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for masterstroke


an outstanding piece of strategy, skill, talent, etc: your idea is a masterstroke
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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