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.]
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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]
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coup de main

(kudə ˈmɛ̃)

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

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

An offensive operation that capitalizes on surprise and simultaneous execution of supporting operations to achieve success in one swift stroke.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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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From time to time I boldly attacked a history, and carried it by a 'coup de main,' or sat down before it for a prolonged siege.
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His chapters are coup de main to coup d'etat; constructing the myth: general Queipo de Llano and the conspiracy in Seville; deconstructing the myth: the legend of general Queipo de Llano and his soldaditos; institutionalizing terror in rebel Spain: the pacification of the working-class districts of Seville; and the forging of a kleptocratic state: economic repression in nationalist Seville.
Des militants, en particulier deux, Mohamed Bennis, Khalid Naciri et ensuite Simon LAaAaAeA@vy venaie de temps en temps nous donner un coup de main.
Selon les dires des anciens riverains d'Alger, jadis, les portes des maisons demeuraient ouvertes permettant aux proches notamment aux voisins d'y acceder, qui pour donner un coup de main, qui pour s'inspirer d'une recette, offrir des friandises, qui encore emprunter des ustensiles de cuisine, tout en echangeant les dernieres nouvelles dans une ambiance de joie et de fraternite.
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.1] -- Bob Dylan
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.
Il ne s'est jamais propose pour un poste quelconque apres la revolution mais il a toujours essaye de donner un coup de main de qualite pour proteger la Tunisie moderne que nous defendons.
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.