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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.
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Origin of masterstroke

First recorded in 1670–80; master + stroke1
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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.


    James Joyce

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

    Leonore Stubbs

    L. B. Walford

British Dictionary definitions for masterstroke


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