coup de main
noun, plural coups de main [kooduh man] /kudə ˈmɛ̃/. French.
Origin of coup de main
Examples from the Web for coup de main
Unable to carry his object by a coup-de-main, he was in the end vanquished by the superior resources of his oppressor.Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume II (of 3)|James Dennistoun
After landing his men Pulteney found that the place was too strong to be taken by a coup-de-main, and abandoned the enterprise.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
He had examined it well, and discovered the quarter which he judged favorable to a coup-de-main, should that become necessary.
That object was to surprise the Russian army, either collected or dispersed; in short, to make a coup-de-main with 400,000 men.History of the Expedition to Russia|Count Philip de Segur
This was a coup-de-main on the part of the captors, and sustained with the most perfect sang froid by the captured.Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.|Pierce Egan