tour de force

\ 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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The book is a tour de force. Her performance in the play was a real tour de force.
Recent Examples on the Web Writing and producing with El Guincho, Rosalía transformed the story of a woman held captive by her jealous partner into a contemporary musical tour de force. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s: Staff Picks," 19 Nov. 2019 Having long wrestled with this seeming either/or, many physicists settled on particle after Isaac Newton’s tour de force through optics. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "The Top 10 Science Experiments of All Time," 10 Oct. 2019 The title role is a grand opportunity for a tour de force performance, and soprano Sabine Hogrefe delivered one on opening night. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Minnesota Opera’s ‘Elektra’ takes the tragedy to cinematic heights," 6 Oct. 2019 Prior to last weekend’s tour de force against Mississippi State, Nix has had the ups and downs expected of a first-year freshman quarterback. Edgar Thompson,, "Auburn QB Bo Nix looks to follow in father’s footsteps against Gators in Swamp," 29 Sep. 2019 What results is an urgent and kaleidoscopic tour de force that is both entertaining and a disruptive snapshot of black life., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 23 Sep. 2019 Taking the reader inside that beautiful mind (to pilfer a phrase) is what made Lethem’s novel a tour de force. Kerry Lengel,, Detroit Free Press, "‘Motherless Brooklyn’ is a noir tale for the #MeToo era," 31 Oct. 2019 Taking the reader inside that beautiful mind (to pilfer a phrase) is what made Lethem’s novel a tour de force. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Review: Edward Norton's 'Motherless Brooklyn' is a retro-noir fable for the #MeToo era," 31 Oct. 2019 But once those rye waffles lured me out of bed, the rest of my day was transformed into a tour de force of weekend activities. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "This Hotel Breakfast Turned Me Into a Morning Person," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of tour de force

1802, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2019

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“Tour de force.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of tour de force

: a very skillful and successful effort or performance

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