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coup de main

[kooduh man] /kudə ˈmɛ̃/
noun, plural coups de main
[kooduh man] /kudə ˈmɛ̃/ (Show IPA).
a surprise attack; a sudden development.
literally, blow from the hand Unabridged
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  • He felt he had no choice but to surrender, when the bombardment stopped, a coup de main would inevitably follow.
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coup de main

/ku də mɛ̃/
noun (pl) coups de main (ku də mɛ̃)
(mainly military) an attack that achieves complete surprise
Word Origin
literally: blow with the hand
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