stoccado

stoccado

(stəˈkɑːdəʊ)
n, pl -does or -dos
a thrust with a sword or rapier in fencing
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He can suggest a dextrous evasion of his adversaries' objections, he knows when to seize and take advantage of the impulse of popular feeling, he is master of the dazzling fence of argument, 'the punto, the stoccado, the reverso', the shifts, and the quirks, and palpable topics of debate; he can wield these at pleasure, and employ them to advantage on the spur of the occasion.