tour de force

noun
\ ˌtu̇r-də-ˈfȯrs How to pronounce tour de force (audio) \
plural tours de force\ ˌtu̇r-​də-​ˈfȯrs How to pronounce tours de force (audio) \

Definition of tour de force

: a feat or display of strength, skill, or ingenuity the movie is a comic tour de force

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deed, exploit, feat, number, stunt, trick

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Examples of tour de force in a Sentence

The book is a tour de force. Her performance in the play was a real tour de force.

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LeBron James put on a real tour de force in Game 2 against the Pacers and Cleveland still nearly lost the game. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Pacers Earn the Wrath of a Resolute LeBron James," 18 Apr. 2018 Fashion and Hollywood have long had a reciprocal relationship, but this shoot—conducted in New York over two days shortly before Christmas in what Ghesquière described as a tour de force of logistics—makes the synergies explicit. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Who Needs a Runway? Nicolas Ghesquière Hires an A-List Power Posse For His Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall Lookbook," 14 Jan. 2019 His celebration of vibrant hues and diversity was the season’s tour de force. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "5 Takeaways From Spring 2019 Couture," 26 Jan. 2019 Wise, a month shy of his 22nd birthday, won his first PGA Tour title in last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson behind a tour de force display of maturity, composure and ball-striking. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Aaron Wise, 21, delays celebrating first Tour title, eyes second title," 23 May 2018 With a colorful, vintage-inspired fashion sense that has garnered its own following, Jessica Williams is a millennial style tour de force. Reed Krakoff, Town & Country, "Tiffany & Co. Wants to Change the Rules of How to Wear a Diamond," 27 Nov. 2018 The photographic tour de force, a five-page foldout, connects then and now in a continuum of the society’s legacy of conservation. Cathy Newman, WSJ, "Saving Earth’s Oldest Living Things," 7 Dec. 2018 His opening scene, in which 24 chiefs of German industry assemble in Berlin in 1933 to pay tribute to Hitler—high-ups from Siemens, Opel and I.G. Farben among them—is a tour de force. James Campbell, WSJ, "‘The Order of the Day’ Review: When Adolf Came," 27 Sep. 2018 That was a tour de force from FDR betraying Central Europe-- HANNITY: Right. GORKA: -- right up through Khrushchev and Kennedy. Fox News, "Mark Levin on media freakout over Trump-Putin summit," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of tour de force

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tour de force

French

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tour de force

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English Language Learners Definition of tour de force

: a very skillful and successful effort or performance

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