It was mastered by slaves orignally, to make the best of all the cheap bits.
He is one of those people who could do something for the first time and make it look like he had mastered the skill years earlier.
To that end, she has mastered the art of civilized binge-drinking.
For example, he mastered the ability to draw while watching only his hand in a mirror.
The Democrats seem to have mastered inclusiveness—whereas Republicans, like a country club, seem to require a litmus test.
These, when they have once mastered the initial difficulties, usually persist in preferring the sport to any other.
He had not been drinking much or I might not have mastered him.
Once mastered, the tools of his own trade will be more prized by the earnest teacher than any additional handbook of ethics.
He mastered himself, but the effort left him shaking and gulping.
But that angered me, for I had mastered my Physics before he was ever born.
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.