or mas·ter stroke

[ mas-ter-strohk, mah-ster- ]
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  1. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use masterstroke in a sentence

  • It was a master stroke of policy, and the event proved the choice of the man to be admirable in every way.

    The Panama Canal | Frederic Jennings Haskin

British Dictionary definitions for masterstroke


/ (ˈmɑːstəˌstrəʊk) /

  1. an outstanding piece of strategy, skill, talent, etc: your idea is a masterstroke

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