past master

noun

Definition of past master

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

Examples of past master in a Sentence

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

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

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First Known Use of past master

1762


PAST MASTER Defined for English Language Learners

past master

noun

Definition of past master for English Language Learners

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



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