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  • n. Alternative form of past master.


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  • It required a deft hand and deep knowledge of the barbaric mind effectually to handle such diverse weapons; but he was a past-master in the art, knowing when to conciliate and when to threaten with Jove-like wrath.

    The Sun of the Wolf

  • The lock had evidently been gaffed by a past-master.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • Saying George is our greatest comedian is a way to shorthand the range and depth of his comedy - though he was also a past-master of what he called 'micro' or observational comedy - and to set him apart to this extent: now that his work is complete, he's the one to beat.

    Tony Hendra: George Carlin: The Last Words of America's Greatest Comedian

  • It is a form of psychological terrorism, and Obama is a past-master at it.

    Smoking Guns and the Morality of Parliamentary Privilege

  • But Ralph Nader is a past-master at confronting financial malfeasance and has had a detailed list of prescriptions from the first day of this crisis.

    Get Ready America, for President Ralph Nader

  • Two other convicts, brought with la Pouraille from La Force within these twenty-four hours, had at once acknowledged and made the whole prison-yard acknowledge the supremacy of this past-master sealed to the scaffold.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • And I have not stayed thy swimmings in the lake, nor thy wanderings in the wood, and thou hast learned bowshot there, till thou art now a past-master in the craft: and, moreover, thou art swift-foot as the best of the deer, and mayest over-run any one of them whom thou wilt.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Brown is the past-master of technical spin and complex, shifting-sand arguments wrapped inside deceptions wrapped inside spins wrapped inside cosy little lies.

    Gordon Brown Admits He Was Wrong...Sort Of

  • Useless to hurry Hilary, a past-master in saving time.

    Maid in Waiting

  • And, while he was a reasonably skilled trader, he had a past-master in his crew.

    The Wizard Of Karres


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