be a past master at doing something

to be very good at something because you have been doing it for a long time

They are past masters at dealing with political scandals.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • be a past master at doing something — phrase to be very good at something because you have been doing it for a long time They are past masters at dealing with political scandals. Thesaurus: to be good at doing somethingsynonym Main entry: master …   Useful english dictionary

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  • master — I UK [ˈmɑːstə(r)] / US [ˈmæstər] noun [countable] Word forms master : singular master plural masters *** 1) a) a man who is very good at something master at: O Sullivan is an absolute master at this type of shot. master of: He s a master of the… …   English dictionary

  • master — mas|ter1 [ mæstər ] noun count ** 1. ) a man who is very good at something: master at: Reardon is an absolute master at this type of shot. master of: He s a master of the clever remark. a ) a famous artist: original prints from modern masters… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • master — mas|ter1 [ˈma:stə US ˈmæstər] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(skilled person)¦ 2 be a past master (at something) 3¦(man with authority)¦ 4 be your own master 5 be master of your own fate/destiny 6¦(original)¦ 7 Master of Arts/Science/Education etc 8¦(teacher)¦… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • master — 1 noun (C) 1 OWNER/LEADER old fashioned a man who has control or authority over other people, for example servants or workers: His staff were always very loyal to their master. | be your own master (=control your own work or life): I started this …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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