But this implies no violent or sudden change, such as might excite suspicion of any arbitrary "tour-de-force."
It was his wont to open a serial with a tour-de-force of this description.
The matter of the sonnet is a tour-de-force of symbolism, under which are veiled the symptoms of senile decay followed by death.
What a tour-de-force to bring the Normans down upon them by the morning!
Poetry ever looks askance at that gipsy-cousin of hers, "tour-de-force."
To the engraver the hair-line is perfectly simple, to the typefounder it is a tour-de-force.
Even there we see that he viewed the matter as a task, and piqued himself only on having succeeded in a tour-de-force.
In his Gothic work the Teuton showed a fondness for the tour-de-force and his manual dexterity surprises more than it satisfies.
The builder seems almost to have made himself difficulties that he might solve them by a tour-de-force.
1802, French, "feat of strength."
A feat accomplished through great skill and ability: “The speech was a tour de force; it swept the audience off its feet.”