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tour de force

[too r duh fawrs, -fohrs; French toor duh fawrs] /ˌtʊər də ˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs; French tur də ˈfɔrs/
noun, plural tours de force
[too rz duh fawrs, -fohrs; French toor duh fawrs] /ˌtʊərz də ˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs; French tur də ˈfɔrs/ (Show IPA)
1.
an exceptional achievement by an artist, author, or the like, that is unlikely to be equaled by that person or anyone else; stroke of genius:
Herman Melville's Moby Dick was a tour de force.
2.
a particularly adroit maneuver or technique in handling a difficult situation:
The way the president got his bill through the Senate was a tour de force.
3.
a feat requiring unusual strength, skill, or ingenuity.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < French: feat of strength or skill
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British Dictionary definitions for tour de force

tour de force

/tur də fɔrs; English ˈtʊə də ˈfɔːs/
noun (pl) tours de force (tur; English) (ˈtʊə)
1.
a masterly or brilliant stroke, creation, effect, or accomplishment
Word Origin
literally: feat of skill or strength
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Word Origin and History for tour de force
n.

1802, French, "feat of strength."

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tour de force in Culture
tour de force [(toor duh fawrs)]

A feat accomplished through great skill and ability: “The speech was a tour de force; it swept the audience off its feet.”

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