coup de main

[kooduh man]
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noun, plural coups de main [kooduh man] /kudə ˈmɛ̃/. French.

a surprise attack; a sudden development.

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)

mainly military an attack that achieves complete surprise

Word Origin for coup de main

literally: blow with the hand
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