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.

Nearby words

  1. coup d'oeil,
  2. coup d'état,
  3. coup de foudre,
  4. coup de grace,
  5. coup de grâce,
  6. coup de maître,
  7. coup de poing,
  8. coup de théâtre,
  9. coup injury of brain,
  10. coup stick

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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