masterstroke

or mas·ter stroke

[ mas-ter-strohk, mah-ster- ]
/ ˈmæs tərˌstroʊk, ˈmɑ stər- /

noun

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

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Origin of masterstroke

First recorded in 1670–80; master + stroke1
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British Dictionary definitions for master-stroke

masterstroke
/ (ˈmɑːstəˌstrəʊk) /

noun

an outstanding piece of strategy, skill, talent, etcyour idea is a masterstroke
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