tour de force

noun
\ ˌtu̇r-də-ˈfȯrs \
plural tours de force\ˌtu̇r-də-ˈfȯrs \

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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Synonyms for tour de force

Synonyms

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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Jen Pelka is the tour de force behind San Francisco’s hit institution, the Riddler—a Champagne lounge-bar located in the Hayes Valley district. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "A Champagne Lover’s Guide to Hosting a Last-Minute Bastille Day Soirée," 13 July 2018 And Vargas Llosa has published so many novels — 18 in all — that the tours de force can get lost among the mediocrities. Marcela Valdes, New York Times, "The Elder Statesman of Latin American Literature — and a Writer of Our Moment," 20 Feb. 2018 Image The pool party is a squirmy tour de force embellished with a punctuating zoom and a plangent sense of dread that make Kayla’s isolation feel like alienation. Bo Burnham, New York Times, "Review: All the Feels, Hurts and Laughs of ‘Eighth Grade’," 11 July 2018 An extended scene on a bus in Tanzania in which Gabriel and Christina argue about the role of state investment in economic development (and also about the future of their relationship) is a tour de force. Fellipe Barbosa, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Gabriel and the Mountain,’ Recalling a Tragic Adventure," 13 June 2018 The opinion was a tour de force of historical exposition and originalist methodology—that is, interpreting the Constitution’s text as it was originally understood. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Andrew M. Grossman, WSJ, "A Champion of Constitutional Safeguards," 9 July 2018 Reynolds’ tour de force came two days after teammate Trea Turner torched Miami for 8 RBI. Bobby Bancroft, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Reynolds upstages Turner, drives in 10 runs in Nats' 18-4 annihilation of Marlins," 7 July 2018 Gadsby’s performance is a tour de force in confrontation Gadsby spends the first 17 minutes of Nanette acquainting her audience with her identity. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why Hannah Gadsby’s searing comedy special Nanette has upended comedy for good," 5 July 2018 Which means Donte DiVincenzo read the tea leaves perfectly on leaving Villanova after his 31-point NCAA title game tour de force. Mike Jensen, Philly.com, "NBA draft observations: Mikal Bridges trade was 'heist' for Sixers, evaluating Villanova's stars' landing spots | Mike Jensen," 22 June 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tour de force

: a very skillful and successful effort or performance

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