coup de main
noun (plural coups de main) Etymology: French, literally, hand stroke Date: 1758 a sudden attack in force

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  • Coup de main — Coup Coup (k[=oo]), n. [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr. ko lafos.] 1. A sudden stroke delivered with promptness and force; used also in various ways to convey the idea of an unexpected, clever, and successful tactic or stratagem. [1913 Webster… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coup de main — A coup de main is a swift attack that relies on speed and surprise to accomplish its objectives in a single blow. The United States Department of Defense defines it as: “ An offensive operation that capitalizes on surprise and simultaneous… …   Wikipedia

  • Coup de main — Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Coup de main », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Tactique de guérilla consistant à harceler grâce à une grande mobilité et furtivité, l adversaire sur ses points les moins défendus… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • coup de main — An offensive operation that capitalizes on surprise and simultaneous execution of supporting operations to achieve success in one swift stroke …   Military dictionary

  • Donner un coup de main. — См. Руки приложить …   Большой толково-фразеологический словарь Михельсона (оригинальная орфография)

  • Coup De Mains — Coup de main Voir « coup de main » sur le Wiktionnaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Coup de mains — Coup de main Voir « coup de main » sur le Wiktionnaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Coup de grace — Coup Coup (k[=oo]), n. [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr. ko lafos.] 1. A sudden stroke delivered with promptness and force; used also in various ways to convey the idea of an unexpected, clever, and successful tactic or stratagem. [1913 Webster… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coup de soleil — Coup Coup (k[=oo]), n. [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr. ko lafos.] 1. A sudden stroke delivered with promptness and force; used also in various ways to convey the idea of an unexpected, clever, and successful tactic or stratagem. [1913 Webster… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coup De Poing — Co …   Wikipédia en Français

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