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coup de main

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noun \-ˈmaⁿ\

Definition of coup de main

plural coups de main \ˌkü-də-\

  1. :  a sudden attack in force



Examples of coup de main

  1. <the Continental Army's attack on the British-Hessian encampment at Trenton, New Jersey, ranks as one of the most brilliant coups de main of the war>



Origin of coup de main

French, literally, hand stroke


First Known Use: 1758


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