master spirit

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master spirit (plural master spirits)

  1. The leading entity; the most important person, the controlling figure.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador, published 2007, page 166:
      The editor could have been William Davis, a man with the same Teutonic origins as Werner von Braun, although not as funny. Either way, Coren was the master spirit.