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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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Toutefois, l'implication de tous est exemplaire, a voir les coups de main s'activer a batons rompus, en depit de la precarite des habitations en pise et de la vetuste du tissu urbain.
Mais ailleurs, avec une spontaneite et une fierte analogues, d'autres cheminots se donnent des coups de main pour assurer leur metier, avouant transgresser ainsi le reglement qui prone la separation des taches.