tour de force

tour de force

[toor duh fawrs, -fohrs; French toor duh fawrs]
noun, plural tours de force [toorz duh fawrs, -fohrs; French toor duh fawrs] .
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; < French: feat of strength or skill

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tour de force (tur də fɔrs, English ˈtʊə də ˈfɔːs)
 
n , pl tours de force
a masterly or brilliant stroke, creation, effect, or accomplishment
 
[literally: feat of skill or strength]

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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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