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

Definition of masterstroke

: a masterly performance or move

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His financial masterstroke was to spin off racing-car maker Ferrari in 2015, allowing it to attract a valuation in line with the luxury-goods sector. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Sergio Marchionne Set a High Bar for What Is Possible in the Auto Industry," 25 July 2018 Other commentators see Moscow’s gambit, born of opportunism and executed ruthlessly, as a masterstroke. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Russia stays in the driver’s seat in Syria," 10 July 2018 The transfer proved a masterstroke for Ferguson, in the short term, at least. Rory Smith, New York Times, "On Sánchez, City Passes and United Strikes," 19 Jan. 2018 His game-winning score was a masterstroke—a fake spike to set up a 10-yard lob to Jordan Lasley with 43 seconds left that seemed to catch Texas A&M’s defense napping. The Si Staff,, "The Best Meaningless Games of the 2017 College Football Season," 25 May 2018 Belgium's star-laden Red Devils took Brazil by storm with a tactical masterstroke and a first-half counterattack, then possessed the nous to fight off a mighty rally, booking the nation's first World Cup semifinal place in 32 years. Jonathan Wilson,, "Belgium's Golden Generation Shines Brightest in Ousting Brazil From World Cup," 6 July 2018 Going with a player like DiVincenzo, who thrived in a winning culture and is more of a sure thing in several regards might be a masterstroke. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "2018 N.B.A. Draft Results: Analysis of Every Pick in Round 1," 21 June 2018 Byrne’s American Utopia Tour is a visual and musical masterstroke. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "David Byrne's utopic show at Kauffman Center had everyone dancing," 8 June 2018 The real masterstroke, though, was the decision to perform live before a large audience at the Marcy Avenue Armory in Brooklyn. Noel Murray, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ an Old Story for (Yet Another) New Millennium," 2 Apr. 2018

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1679, in the meaning defined above

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