coup de main

[kooduh man]

Origin of coup de main

literally, blow from the hand
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coup de main

noun plural coups de main (ku də mɛ̃)
  1. mainly military an attack that achieves complete surprise

Word Origin for coup de main

literally: blow with the hand
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