coup de main


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the act or action of setting upon with force or violence
  • the Continental Army's attack on the British-Hessian encampment at Trenton, New Jersey, ranks as one of the most brilliant coups de main of the war

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The first known use of coup de main was in 1758

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“Coup de main.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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