coup de main

noun \ ˌkü-də-ˈmaⁿ \

Definition of coup de main

plural coups de main play \ˌkü-də-ˈmaⁿ\
: a sudden attack in force

Examples of coup de main in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of coup de main

French, literally, hand stroke


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