Definition of past master in English:

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past master

Pronunciation: /past ˈmastər/


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
2A person who has held the position of master in an organization.

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Syllabification: past mas·ter

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