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master hand

or master-hand

an expert:
a master hand at diplomacy.
great expertness:
to show a master hand.
Origin of master hand
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His was the master hand that did what others had been trying to do.

  • It is a theme too large to be treated save by a master hand.

  • He's a master hand when he does once take hold of anything, I tell you that!

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • A master hand has organized a conspiracy in Congress to crush the President.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • Instantly she took a hand—and as usual a master hand—in the affair.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
  • He was a master hand at just such problems, and this one had a double attraction.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • A work of amazing power which plainly indicates a master hand.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • Jacob, sitting high on the box, wielded the reins with a master hand.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • She had counted on a portion for her supper; she must say he was a master hand at eating.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • He is a master hand to stir people up and there will be a movement soon.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand

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