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past master

noun

Simple Definition of past master

  • : a person who has done something many times before and has become very skilled at doing it

Full Definition of past master

  1. 1 :  one who has held the office of worshipful master in a lodge of Freemasons or of master in a guild, club, or society

  2. 2 [alteration of passed master] :  one who is expert :  adept

Examples of past master

  1. He's a past master at finding ways to get out of trouble.

  2. They are past masters of the art of propaganda.



1762

First Known Use of past master

1762


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