coup de main

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noun \ˌkü-də-ˈmaⁿ\

Definition of coup de main

plural

coups de main

\ˌkü-də-ˈmaⁿ\
  1. :  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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