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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
First recorded in 1670-80; master + stroke1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dada used to say, that it is the devil's masterstroke to get us to accuse him.

  • When Fanny returned with your letter this morning, I prepared for a masterstroke.

    Great Porter Square, v. 3 Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
  • As for you, Susan, it was a masterstroke your venturing into my den.

  • Matcham often thinks of the masterstroke by which he won the laughing witch who now.

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

    Leonore Stubbs L. B. Walford
  • It might have been, from his large assent to it, a masterstroke of high policy.

  • It was a masterstroke of the bold policy of the new Government.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • Ochino's arch-fiend, like Milton's, announces a masterstroke of genius.

    Life of John Milton Richard Garnett
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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