- to plan and direct (a usually complex project or activity), especially skillfully: Two colonels had masterminded the revolt.
- a person who originates or is primarily responsible for the execution of a particular idea, project, or the like: the masterminds of company policy.
Origin of mastermind
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Examples from the Web for masterminding
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But Weill put together this behemoth anyway and went about masterminding the repeal of Glass-Steagall, which happened in 1999.Which Bank Is the Worst?
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After years of delays, preliminary hearings began last September for the five men accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks.The Trouble with Closing Gitmo
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- (tr) to plan and direct (a complex undertaking)he masterminded the robbery
- a person of great intelligence or executive talent, esp one who directs an undertaking
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Word Origin and History for masterminding
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