tour de force

\ ˌtu̇r-də-ˈfȯrs How to pronounce tour de force (audio) \
plural tours de force\ ˌtu̇r-​də-​ˈfȯrs How to pronounce tour 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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Common and John Legend are a musical tour de force. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 It’s a vocal tour de force, like pretty much everything else on the album. Chris Willman, Variety, 1 Oct. 2021 Hearing lyrics with the show's iconic tune, sung by a beloved character is a legendary goosebumps-inducing television moment — a tour de force of writing. Amanda Ostuni,, 20 Apr. 2022 Singlehandedly delivering this tour de force takes every ounce of her strength. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Equally of note is the tour de force that the crytpo and digital assets sector is, comprised of highly skilled blockchain and DLT teams combined for ex-TradFi traders, asset managers, regulators, tech brothers and sisters - BOOM! Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Another one involving a mother’s response to a police shooting is a tour de force that could spin off and persist on its own as a classic short story. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 Oregon State has been a tour de force during this streak, outscoring 17 foes 125-18. oregonlive, 12 Mar. 2022 Vampire’s Kiss is a tour de force of rabid solipsism, but even those who admire it feel the need to add an asterisk. Dan Piepenbring, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tour de force

1802, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Tour de force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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