master stroke

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(ˈmaːstə) feminine mistress (ˈmistris) noun
1. a person or thing that commands or controls. I'm master in this house!
2. an owner (of a slave, dog etc). The dog ran to its master.
3. a male teacher. the Maths master.
4. the commander of a merchant ship. the ship's master.
5. a person very skilled in an art, science etc. He's a real master at painting.
6. (with capital) a polite title for a boy, in writing or in speaking. Master John Smith.
(of a person in a job) fully qualified, skilled and experienced. a master builder/mariner/plumber.
1. to overcome (an opponent, handicap etc). She has mastered her fear of heights.
2. to become skilful in. I don't think I'll ever master arithmetic.
ˈmasterful adjective
showing the power, authority or determination of a master. a masterful man.
ˈmasterfully adverb
ˈmasterfulness noun
ˈmasterly adjective
showing the skill of a master. His handling of the situation was masterly.
ˈmasterliness noun
ˈmastery noun
(usually with over or of) control, great skill or knowledge. We have gained mastery over the enemy.
master key
a key which opens a number of locks.
ˈmastermind noun
the person planning and controlling an undertaking or scheme. He was the mastermind behind the scheme.
to plan (such a scheme). Who masterminded the robbery?
ˈmasterpiece noun
a piece of work or art worthy (to be called the greatest achievement) of a master. He considers this picture his masterpiece.
master stroke
a very clever thing to do. This sudden, unexpected attack was a master stroke.
master switch
a switch for controlling a number of other switches. There is a master switch that controls all the electricity.
master of ceremonies abbreviation ( MC)
a person who announces the various stages of an entertainment, formal social gathering, series of speakers at a dinner etc. The master of ceremonies introduced the speaker.
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He was but waiting now until the moment was propitious for a master stroke. He wanted to rid himself forever of Tarzan, and at the same time reap an ample revenge for the humiliations and defeats that he had suffered at his hands.
That part of his scheme was crude and brutal--it lacked the refinement of torture that had marked the master strokes of the Paulvitch of old, when he had worked with that virtuoso of villainy, Nikolas Rokoff--but it at least assured Paulvitch of immunity from responsibility, placing that upon the ape, who would thus also be punished for his refusal longer to support the Russian.
Perry's grieving mother Mary Louise, played in a master stroke of casting by Meryl Streep, arrives in town looking for answers.
Her entry into the Indian and especially the UP politics is being termed as the 'master stroke' by the analysts, who objectively see the state of affairs in India, currently crumbling under clutches of fascist Bhartai Janta Party or BJP.
In fact this visionary decision was a master stroke of strategy that can compare to the United States' purchase of Alaska from Russia.
The signing was supposed to be a 'master stroke' in the Sona directed by Joyce Bernal.
Strictly speaking, Saints should not have received the handsome cup until the league programme was over, but Fergie managed to pull off another master stroke in public relations to get the trophy to Love Street.
But with one master stroke, he is now the hero of everybody.
While talking to ANI, Stobdan said, " I think it's a diplomatic master stroke and will lead to paradigm shift in Indo-China relationships."
70 MINUTES: Southgate brings on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - and it proves to be a master stroke. Off went the unusually ineffective Marcus Rashford and the Arsenal man took just five minutes to put England ahead with a clever dribble and a fearsome shot.
Stafford believes the summer arrival of Northern Ireland internationals Roy Carroll and Sammy Clingan are a master stroke by Healy.
The signing of Kurt Gidley at fullback looks a master stroke from Tony Smith.