My carriers were evidently preparing a coup-de-main as I watched them through an opening in the tent.
Such a place should never be exposed to the coup-de-main of an enemy.
Seeing therefore that his attempt at a coup-de-main was a failure, Viljoen withdrew his men before daybreak.
The narrative of this coup-de-main may be read with advantage in Corio, p. 258.
There were curious arrangements for the purpose of guarding against a coup-de-main.
William had meanwhile left the execution of the coup-de-main against Amsterdam to his cousin William Frederick.
By the 18th of November we considered ourselves reasonably secure against a coup-de-main.
He had examined it well, and discovered the quarter which he judged favourable to a coup-de-main, should that become necessary.
The diplomatic forty-eight hours' coup-de-main failed, and the programme contained no other item except war.
Unable to carry his object by a coup-de-main, he was in the end vanquished by the superior resources of his oppressor.