coup de main

[kooduh man]
noun, plural coups de main [kooduh man] . French.
a surprise attack; a sudden development.

Origin:
literally, blow from the hand

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coup de main (ku də mɛ̃)
 
n , pl coups de main
chiefly military an attack that achieves complete surprise
 
[literally: blow with the hand]

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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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