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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Synonyms for tour de force


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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Tuukka has delivered a tour de force performance this postseason. Globe Staff,, "Tuukka Rask has a chance to write a happy ending," 8 June 2019 Last is the tour de force Henry IV Part 1 (July 24-Aug. John Timpane,, "‘Hamilton’ in Philly, summer Shakespeare, and so much more theater — in town and at the Shore," 5 June 2019 The sequence that follows, in which Debbie smoothly cons her way into a swanky Manhattan hotel room, is a delectable cinematic amuse-bouche, a tour de force of low-stakes duplicity. Justin Chang,, "Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett pull off an enjoyable, low-fizz heist in 'Ocean's 8'," 6 June 2018 LeBron James put on a real tour de force in Game 2 against the Pacers and Cleveland still nearly lost the game. Rob Mahoney,, "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

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First Known Use of tour de force

1802, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tour de force

: a very skillful and successful effort or performance

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