mas·​ter·​stroke | \ ˈma-stər-ˌstrōk How to pronounce masterstroke (audio) \

Definition of masterstroke

: a masterly performance or move

Examples of masterstroke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once in a while, the to-and-fro produces a comedic masterstroke. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "In ‘The Last Dance,’ Michael Jordan and the Bulls Still Dominate," 19 Apr. 2020 When Amazon agreed to buy the Whole Foods supermarket chain for nearly $14 billion more than two years ago, it was regarded largely as a bold masterstroke. Washington Post, "Amazon Throws Spaghetti at the Grocery Wall," 20 Nov. 2019 An ingenious dream sequence, anchored in the particulars of work, is a comedic masterstroke. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: The 1978 Film That Inspired Robert Redford to Found Sundance," 1 Apr. 2020 That turned out to be a masterstroke as the former England manager successfully steered them away from trouble after a tricky start of his own., "Ex-Crystal Palace Boss Frank de Boer in Talks With Championship Club About Managerial Role," 22 May 2018 If Trump is defeated, the impeachment will emerge as a political masterstroke by Pelosi, which used the Party’s House majority to hold Trump accountable and unify Democrats. David Rohde, The New Yorker, "Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Gamble," 18 Dec. 2019 Thing is, this could end up being his tactical masterstroke, all things considered., "Jks! The Best Memes & Funnies From Around the Football World This Week," 1 Oct. 2019 It was considered a masterstroke, although there were warning signs. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Texas’ ‘embarrassing’ loss to West Virginia looked like the beginning of the end for Shaka Smart," 21 Jan. 2020 That’s just one masterstroke in a film full of them: Michael Ballhaus’ ravishing cinematography; a powerfully wistful coda; Wharton’s wry, mannered prose transposed near-verbatim into an omniscient narrator’s sharp-tongued voice-over. Tyler Aquilina,, "Here are some underappreciated Martin Scorsese movies to pair with The Irishman," 1 Nov. 2019

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1679, in the meaning defined above

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“Masterstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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