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coup de main

[ kooduh -man ]
/ kudə ˈmɛ̃ /
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noun, plural coups de main [kooduh -man]. /kudə ˈmɛ̃/. French.
a surprise attack; a sudden development.
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Origin of coup de main

Literally, “blow from the hand”
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British Dictionary definitions for coup de main

coup de main
/ French (ku də mɛ̃) /

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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