noun Date: 1679 a masterly performance or move

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  • masterstroke — [mas′tərstrōk΄] n. a masterly action, move, or achievement …   English World dictionary

  • masterstroke — mas|ter|stroke [ˈma:stəstrəuk US ˈmæstərstrouk] n a very clever, skilful, and often unexpected action that is completely successful ▪ That ad campaign was an absolute masterstroke. masterstroke of ▪ a masterstroke of diplomacy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • masterstroke — [[t]mɑ͟ːstə(r)stroʊk, mæ̱s [/t]] masterstrokes N COUNT: usu sing A masterstroke is something you do which is unexpected but very clever and which helps you to achieve something. To have convinced Hillsden that he would be justified in killing… …   English dictionary

  • masterstroke — UK [ˈmɑːstə(r)ˌstrəʊk] / US [ˈmæstərˌstroʊk] noun [countable] Word forms masterstroke : singular masterstroke plural masterstrokes a skilful act that helps you to achieve something …   English dictionary

  • masterstroke — /mas teuhr strohk , mah steuhr /, n. a masterly action or achievement; an extremely skillful or effective action: War was avoided by a masterstroke of diplomacy. Also, master stroke. [1670 80; MASTER + STROKE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • masterstroke — noun (C) a very clever, skilful, and often unexpected action that is completely successful: a masterstroke of diplomacy …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • masterstroke — noun An action which demonstrated great skill or artistry …   Wiktionary

  • masterstroke — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A great or heroic deed: achievement, exploit, feat, gest, stunt, tour de force. See ACTION …   English dictionary for students

  • masterstroke — mas|ter|stroke [ mæstər,strouk ] noun count a skillful act that helps you achieve something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • masterstroke — n. wise move, masterly move, brilliant idea, very intelligent maneuver …   English contemporary dictionary

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