tour de force
noun, plural tours de force [too rz duh fawrs, -fohrs; French toor duh fawrs] /ˌtʊərz də ˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs; French tur də ˈfɔrs/.
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Examples from the Web for tour de force
The matter of the sonnet is a tour-de-force of symbolism, under which are veiled the symptoms of senile decay followed by death.
Even there we see that he viewed the matter as a task, and piqued himself only on having succeeded in a tour-de-force.
In his Gothic work the Teuton showed a fondness for the tour-de-force and his manual dexterity surprises more than it satisfies.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
To the engraver the hair-line is perfectly simple, to the typefounder it is a tour-de-force.
What a tour-de-force to bring the Normans down upon them by the morning!The Last of the Vikings|John Bowling
British Dictionary definitions for tour de force
noun plural tours de force (tur, English ˈtʊə)
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Cultural definitions for tour de force
A feat accomplished through great skill and ability: “The speech was a tour de force; it swept the audience off its feet.”