coups de foudre

coup de foudre

[kooduh foo-druh]
noun, plural coups de foudre [kooduh foo-druh] . French.
1.
a thunderbolt.
2.
love at first sight.
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coup de foudre (ku də fudrə)
 
n , pl coups de foudre
a sudden and amazing action or event
 
[literally: lightning flash]

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coup de foudre
1779, from Fr. coup de foudre, lit. "stroke of lightning," also "love at first sight" (see coup).
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