Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The touch or finish of a master.
“What a master-touch succeeded her school-girl jingle!”
“On 14 January Boni agreed to send the messages if their importance warranted it, but admitted for the first time that Victory's traffic had begun to interfere with his other transmissions (another master-touch?).”
“Phyllis, too, must have been conscious of that restraint, for before they parted she said something about human minds being like pianos, which get out of tune for lack of the master-touch ....”
“He played with a master-touch, and the room was filled with rushing notes and crashing harmonies.”
“There is a master-touch when Ortrud calls softly, “Elsa”: by one stroke, an abrupt strange chord, the whole atmosphere is for the moment altered: the dreariness of the call is unforgetable.”
“It was a master-touch worthy of one who was deeply learned -- from the school of foul experience -- in the secret ways that lead to a woman's favour.”
“But the cry of wind, always searching, questioning, travelling the world's great routes, remained ever the master-touch.”
“There is a master-touch when Ortrud calls softly, "Elsa": by one stroke, an abrupt strange chord, the whole atmosphere is for the moment altered: the dreariness of the call is unforgetable.”
“Everything he has written bears the impress of the same master-touch, -- nevertheless garrulous controversialists hold that his famous work the 'Ruva-Kalama' descended by oral tradition from mouth to mouth till it came to us in its 'improved' present condition.”
“With a master-touch, Sophocles has made the end of”
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