[[t]mɑ͟ːstə(r)stroʊk, mæ̱s-[/t]]
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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 Calder was a masterstroke.

English dictionary. 2008.

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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 — 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 Date: 1679 a masterly performance or move …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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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