masterstroke

or mas·ter stroke

[mas-ter-strohk, mah-ster-]
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noun

a masterly action or achievement; an extremely skillful or effective action: War was avoided by a masterstroke of diplomacy.

Nearby words

  1. masters,
  2. masters, edgar lee,
  3. mastership,
  4. mastersinger,
  5. masterson,
  6. masterwork,
  7. masterwort,
  8. mastery,
  9. masthead,
  10. mastic

Origin of masterstroke

First recorded in 1670–80; master + stroke1

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British Dictionary definitions for master-stroke

masterstroke

noun

an outstanding piece of strategy, skill, talent, etcyour idea is a masterstroke
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Word Origin and History for master-stroke

master-stroke

n.

"masterly line or touch" (especially in painting), 1670s, from master (n.) + stroke (n.). Probably based on a Dutch or German model.

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