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

Definition of masterstroke

: a masterly performance or move

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In a curatorial masterstroke, Eloy has assembled some of the pictures that once hung at the Casa Torres (and were subsequently given to the Prado, of which the marquis was a significant trustee) and arranged them in the first room of the exhibition. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "“Balenciaga and Spanish Painting” Opens at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid," 21 June 2019 Instead, his appointment at King Power Stadium turned out to be a masterstroke., "Claudio Ranieri: A Ridiculed Tinkerman Who Masterminded One of Football's Greatest Ever Achievements," 12 June 2019 Mr Trump’s defenders argue that using tariffs as a threat to force Mexico to get tough on migration was a masterstroke. The Economist, "Mexico rejoices after averting Donald Trump’s tariffs threat," 9 June 2019 The director’s decision not to represent the atrocities themselves but instead evoke them indirectly by means of a landscape devoid of monuments and a people committed to silence is a masterstroke. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 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

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1679, in the meaning defined above

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