1A person who is particularly skilled at a specified activity or art: he’s a past master at keeping his whereabouts secret
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- He is a past master at sending out novices to win big handicaps and I've been following the latter named six-year-old's progress since riding him in a couple of uphill canters on the trainer's Gloucestershire gallops in March last year.
- That's micro-managing cost controls, something that he is a past master at, as the cabin attendants (cabin crew) are finding out.
- But then, he is a past master at having it both ways.
expert, master, wizard, genius, old hand, veteran, maestro, connoisseur, authority, grandmaster
informal ace, pro, star, hotshot, maven, crackerjack
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Syllabification: past mas·ter
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