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past mistress

a woman who is thoroughly experienced or exceptionally skilled in a profession, art, etc.
Origin of past mistress
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Patricia was a past-mistress in the art of ignoring what she considered inconvenient, or personal, remarks.

    Patricia Emilia Elliott
  • Already you are past-mistress on the subject of vases and statues.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • The American girl is past-mistress in the art of turning to account her little capital of beauty, youth, and virtue.

  • She was past-mistress of the entrechat and other mysteries of the ballet academy.

    Interpreters Carl Van Vechten
  • The assaults she made upon his fidelity proved her to be past-mistress of tactics and strategy.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • She was a past-mistress in the arts of scandal-mongering, nagging, and back-biting.

    A Woman's Burden Fergus Hume
  • She was past-mistress of the canoeist's difficult art, and her canoe flew on as though drawn away into the dark on unseen cords.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson

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