masterstroke masterstroke  /ˈmæ stər ˌstroʊk/


  • (n) an achievement demonstrating great skill or mastery


  1. Taking the NUM out on strike in 1987 was his masterstroke; suddenly the white-supremacy regime came face to face with its worst nightmare.
  2. Pronounced with a grin at a Wednesday groundbreaking ceremony, Silvio Berlusconi's one-liner-of-the-week was a masterstroke of political damage control, all'italiano.
  3. Lee's masterstroke: the industrialization of the starmaking process.


  • The Marketing Genius of Led Zeppelin IV

    Why Led Zeppelin's untitled, unbranded fourth album is a marketing masterstroke worth studying 40 years later. The most remarkable thing about Led Zeppelin's fourth studio album is not its 32 million copies sold worldwide, its 15-plus months parked at the top of the charts, or even its lineup of incomprehensibly epic rock standards ("Stairway to Heaven," "Black Dog," and "Going to California ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Inc Magazine


  1. "I thought there was no way it would work," Rogers said in his ninemsn column. "The more I think about it, though, particularly the way the game is going these days, this really could be a masterstroke."
    on Oct 24, 2007 By: Mat Rogers Source: The Age

  2. "He shaved my head and eyebrows. Socially, it was a disaster. The effect gave me an unborn look. But professionally it was a masterstroke. All of my preconceived notions on how I would play the characters vanished. As soon as Tuttle applied his...
    on Aug 3, 2007 By: Tony Randall Source: Washington Post

  3. "It is hard to run in all those good Sydney races and then come down here," Hayes said on Thursday. "It might be a masterstroke."
    on Oct 16, 2008 By: David Hayes Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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