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 The masterstroke, though, was to turn the library’s old appendage into its new heart. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 4 June 2021 For Anheuser-Busch, the announcement was a marketing masterstroke. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 To cap off what was already a masterstroke in right-wing news cycle management, Valeurs Actuelles timed the release of the original tribune perfectly. Harrison Stetler, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 It’s a nifty, condensed introduction, setting the tone and laying out the stakes in one clean masterstroke. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 4 May 2021 Getting Rolling Stones keyboardist and former Allman Brothers member Chuck Leavell to Airwaves to play on the Brother Cane album was another masterstroke. Matt Wake |, al, 18 May 2018 Rivers' masterstroke however came on fourth-and-4 from the Houston 39-yard line. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Dec. 2020 Now, flush with cash, Kotak is reportedly attempting another masterstroke that could give his Kotak Mahindra Bank a significant push at a time when India’s financial sector is going through one of its worst crises. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, 27 Oct. 2020 An Alabama Shakes reunion at Huntsville Amphitheater would be a champion’s return, and a masterstroke opening night. Matt Wake |, al, 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of masterstroke

1679, in the meaning defined above

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“Masterstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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