coup de main


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coup de main

 (ko͞o′ də măN′)
n. pl. coups de main (ko͞o′)
A sudden action undertaken to surprise an enemy.

[French : coup, stroke, blow + de, of + main, hand.]

coup de main

(ku də mɛ̃)
n, pl coups de main (ku də mɛ̃)
(Military) chiefly military an attack that achieves complete surprise
[literally: blow with the hand]

coup de main

(kudə ˈmɛ̃)

n., pl. coups de main (kudə ˈmɛ̃)
French.
a surprise attack; a sudden development.
[literally, blow from the hand]

coup de main

- A sudden and unexpected movement or attack.
See also related terms for sudden.

coup de main

An offensive operation that capitalizes on surprise and simultaneous execution of supporting operations to achieve success in one swift stroke.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coup de main - an attack without warningcoup de main - an attack without warning    
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
terrorist attack - a surprise attack involving the deliberate use of violence against civilians in the hope of attaining political or religious aims
ambuscade, ambush, lying in wait, trap - the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
pre-emptive strike - a surprise attack that is launched in order to prevent the enemy from doing it to you
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Operation Deadstick, the coup de main seizure of the bridges over the Orne River and Caen Canal (now commonly referred to as Pegasus Bridge), was one of the most rapid and decisive victories of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944.
You can't defeat a people engaged in this kind of warfare by a mere coup de main, in this case a military invasion, as Israel's army is foolishly - and murderously -- doing today in Gaza.
Ecartez-vous de la nouvelle voie Si vous ne pouvez donner un coup de main Car les temps changent[sup.
Ce dernier point est une partie integrante de l'intervention de l'Etat, ce qui est en soi une bonne chose ; du mecenat aussi ou encore du sponsoring- denrees rares chez nous, lorsqu'il s'agit de donner un coup de main a une action.
Enfin costumier c'est beaucoup dire; car en raison des moyens notamment, ma contribution ou plutot mon coup de main se limitait souvent a echanger les vetements des acteurs
Les violences quotidiennes se sont intensifiees et font craindre une nouvelle guerre civile alors que plusieurs centaines de prisonniers, dont des hauts responsables d'Al-Qaida, se sont evades en juillet a la suite d'un coup de main du reseau.
Here, Major John Howard of the 2nd Ox and Bucks Light Infantry landed by glider in a daring coup de main operation to take the vital bridge over the River Orne.
Kilmurray's fulfillment in that experience led her to establish Un Coup De Main ("a hand up" in French), in which she and Salt Lake Community College students help organize, decorate and repair homes for single parents.
Certainly, the Pakistani effort to capture J& K through a coup de main in 1947 is something authors, including Schaffer, steer clear of.
They landed 15,000 more troops--and went for a coup de main.
mais les peres, les partenaires et toutes les personnes qui leur donnent un coup de main pendant cette periode excitante de la vie y trouveront beaucoup d'informations utiles.
He arrived as back-up at Pegasus Bridge, several hours after it had been taken from the Germans in a coup de main operation.