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[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.
Also, master stroke.
1670-80; master + stroke1 Unabridged
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  • The right investment posture involves moderation and broad diversification, not looking for some masterstroke.
  • Instead, however it was intended, it has turned out to be a political masterstroke.
  • The nomination has been hailed as a masterstroke, but it is also a confession of weakness.
  • The masterstroke is meant to be a scheme which allows companies to buy back their shares without having to cancel them.
  • At the time, the move was hailed as an ingenious stealth-tax, a political masterstroke.
  • Burying the body at the sea was a masterstroke of genius.
  • But as a matter of leadership, that speech was a masterstroke, and should be instructive to anybody running for president today.
British Dictionary definitions for masterstroke


an outstanding piece of strategy, skill, talent, etc: your idea is a masterstroke
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