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stroke of genius

A particularly inspired, clever, or innovative act, idea, or decision. Their decision to let customers from any other operating system migrate their information was a stroke of genius. I must say, it was a stroke of genius getting the kids all those puzzles—they've been playing quietly for hours!
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stroke of genius

an act of genius; a very clever and innovative idea or task. Your idea of painting the rock wall red was a stroke of genius.
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stroke of genius

an outstandingly brilliant and original idea.
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stroke of genius, a

A brilliant idea. This cliché, in which stroke betokens the sudden appearance of the idea, dates from the second half of the 1800s and at first was always used admiringly. Thus the Tacoma News of December 13, 1889, stated, “The latest nickel-in-the slot scheme is really a stroke of genius and is destined to revolutionize cheap literature in this country.” Later, however, the term was often used sarcastically, as in “You forgot the tickets? That was a stroke of genius.”
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From this point of view the clasp with which Beaumarchis' Cherubin seizes Marceline is a stroke of genius. But when we reflect that in the utter isolation to which poverty condemned poor Athanase, Mademoiselle Cormon was the only figure presented to his gaze, that she attracted his eye incessantly, that all the light he had was concentrated on her, surely his love may be considered natural.
The provisions of the agreement negotiated by former Secretary of State John Kerry and his team of sycophants make Neville Chamberlain's "peace in our time" negotiations with Hitler look like a stroke of genius.
CHESTER chief executive Mark Maguire says the signing of midfielder Gary Roberts will be seen as "either a stroke of genius or madness".
Bello described Duterte's offer of four cabinet posts to the Communist Party of the Philippines and NDF as a stroke of genius.
I LEARNED from Radio 4's Woman's Hour that this week marked the 80th anniversary of red nail polish, which has been undeniably a stroke of genius. If Jenny Murray can wax lyrical, free from feminist assault, it ought to be safe for me to confess the unvarnished truth that I am a huge fan of this octogenarian invention.
It's labelled the icade and quite frankly it's a stroke of genius in my opinion.
Speaking of the station's new look Brendan Courtney said: "I think the casting of Sile and Grainne is a stroke of genius. It's very clever and I am looking forward to seeing how it works out."
Perhaps the most fortuitous accident (or was it a stroke of genius?) was the origin of Sunburst's trout caviar, the product that they are most famous for across the world and in western North Carolina's free restaurants.
What a stroke of genius to throw firebrand George Galloway (inset) into this bizarre fray.
Now win their leaders/loyalty and you've won the peace./Sometimes a man, innocent or not,/has to die to pay the price of it.//The man was innocent, you say?/But don't forget you washed your hands of him--/a little water cleared you of the deed./What a stroke of genius! Too bad/about your wife, though, washing her hands/a hundred times a day./No doubt in time/to come someone will make a play of it./Tell her what's done is done--/what's one life less as long as it's not hers./Perhaps you'd like to bring her too next time.//That's fifty denarii, please.
Doing so was a stroke of genius: The exotic game ranch has proven extremely popular with everyone who visits the site, says Doersam.
A stroke of genius by the producer (Eminem) to bring two holy ghosts (Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.) together on one track.
What a stroke of genius to have Matthews read; with his dry British accent, often Monty Pythonian in delivery; he is absolutely perfect here.
Another controversial issue, the politically charged Lands for Life - (now Living Legacy) process, Miller calls "a stroke of genius" on the province's part.