tour de force


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tour de force

 (to͞or′ də fôrs′)
n. pl. tours de force (to͞or′)
A feat requiring great virtuosity or strength, often deliberately undertaken for its difficulty: "In an extraordinary structural tour de force the novel maintains a dual focus" (Julian Moynahan).

[French : tour, turn, feat + de, of + force, strength.]

tour de force

(tur də fɔrs; English ˈtʊə də ˈfɔːs)
n, pl tours de force (tur; English ˈtʊə)
a masterly or brilliant stroke, creation, effect, or accomplishment
[literally: feat of skill or strength]

tour de force

(ˌtʊər də ˈfɔrs, -ˈfoʊrs)

n., pl. tours de force (tʊərz)
1. an exceptional achievement by an artist, author, or the like, that is unlikely to be equaled by that person or anyone else; stroke of genius.
2. a particularly adroit maneuver or technique in handling a difficult situation.
3. a feat requiring unusual strength, skill, or ingenuity.
[1795–1805; < French: feat of strength or skill]

tour de force

A French phrase meaning feat of strength, used to mean something that is done with great skill.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tour de force - a masterly or brilliant feattour de force - a masterly or brilliant feat  
exploit, feat, effort - a notable achievement; "he performed a great feat"; "the book was her finest effort"

tour de force

noun
A great or heroic deed:
Translations

tour de force

[ˈtʊədəˈfɔːs] N (tours de force (pl)) → proeza f, hazaña f

tour de force

tour-de-force [ˌtʊərdəˈfɔːrs] ntour m de forcetour director n (US)accompagnateur/trice m/fTourette's syndrome [tʊəˈrɛtssɪndrəʊm] Tourette syndrome [tʊəˈrɛtsɪndrəʊm] Tourette's [tʊəˈrets] nsyndrome m de Tourettetour guide n (= person) → guide mf

tour de force

tour de force

[ˈtʊədəˈfɔːs] ntour de force m inv
References in classic literature ?
The month of May was ever his tour de force. Each year he has strained and stimulated his art to surpass himself, seeking ever a finer and a brighter gold, a more celestial azure.
For in those cases in which Holmes has performed some tour de force of analytical reasoning, and has demonstrated the value of his peculiar methods of investigation, the facts themselves have often been so slight or so commonplace that I could not feel justified in laying them before the public.
"You remember," said he, "that some little time ago, when I read you the passage in one of Poe's sketches, in which a close reasoner follows the unspoken thought of his companion, you were inclined to treat the matter as a mere tour de force of the author.
Combining MITS with the product offerings of Compass Sales Solutions and Tour de Force allows these three companies to expand value for their customers by integrating CRM and BI / analytics into a single platform for existing and new customers.
Michael Leather, who is taking on the Tour de Force despite three previous accidents while canoeing, trekking and cycling, was the inspiration for the team signing up the event.
Michael, who is taking on the Tour de Force despite three previous serious accidents while out canoeing, trekking and cycling, was the inspiration for the team signing up the event.
The Tour de Force Orchestra performing in Huddersfield didn't impress this youngster, below |
This ambitious installation is a tour de force that encourages reflection.
The "real tour de force" of these new experiments, comments Charles L.
His "historical" tour de force was a yellowed newspaper clipping he kept in his Bible History, which he would brandish every year when we got to the story of Jonah and the whale.
How Brooks brings all these angles into play, while keeping the reader from knowing the truth, is quite a tour de force. There's only one brief hint to the answer we're all looking for ...