coup de main

noun
\ˌkü-də-ˈmaⁿ \
plural coups de main\ ˌkü-​də-​ˈmaⁿ \

Definition of coup de main 

: a sudden attack in force

Examples of coup de main in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of coup de main

1758, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coup de main

French, literally, hand stroke

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