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  • n. Alternative form of past master.


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  • A pastmaster at internal intrigue, Brown will thrive as his actors compete – divide and conquer.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

  • The Boss is a pastmaster at side-tracking soreheads, but there's a point involved in this case that he doesn't grasp.

    The Henchman

  • He also grinds out official letters and reports by the sweat of his brow, and is gradually becoming a pastmaster in the art of "having the honour to be" somebody else's "obedient servant."

    Stand By! Naval Sketches and Stories

  • Though our brother in white is pastmaster in the crimes alleged to the colored race we know this fact does not in the least absolve from personal responsibility nor from the consequences of wrong doing.

    My Own Life Story

  • Though the phrase was not used in his time, he was a pastmaster in the art of making “slogans.”

    The Adventure of Living

  • "But that's to be expected of a man who's been a pastmaster all his life in understanding and dealing with human nature."

    The Twenty-Fourth of June

  • The boy was always talking about the business these days, and he found always a ready listener in the old man who was such a pastmaster in the whole difficult subject.

    The Twenty-Fourth of June

  • To an Englishman, who was a pastmaster in the noble art of using fists and knees to advantage, the situation was neither uncommon nor very perilous.

    The Bronze Eagle A Story of the Hundred Days

  • Guard, and Napoleon, with that inimitable verve and inspiring eloquence of which he was pastmaster, was haranguing his troops.

    The Bronze Eagle A Story of the Hundred Days

  • Don Pedro naturally lost his temper at this insult, and swore in Spanish, upon which Hervey responded with such volubility that anyone could see he was a pastmaster in Castilian swearing.

    The Green Mummy


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