What does coup de main mean?

Definitions for coup de main
kudə ˈmɛ̃coup de main

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surprise attack, coup de mainnoun

    an attack without warning

Wikipedia

  1. Coup de main

    A coup de main (pronounced [ku də mɛ̃]; plural: coups de main, French for blow with the hand) is a swift attack that relies on speed and surprise to accomplish its objectives in a single blow.

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  1. coup de main

    "Coup de main" is a French term that translates to "stroke of hand" in English. It generally refers to a sudden and swift action or attack that is intended to surprise or catch the opponent off guard. It is often used in a military context to describe a quick, surprise attack or operation.

Wikidata

  1. Coup de main

    A coup de main is a swift attack that relies on speed and surprise to accomplish its objectives in a single blow. The United States Department of Defense defines it as: The term coup de main originally meant "by direct assault rather than by artillery". The first airborne assault in the World War II invasion of Normandy, on Pegasus Bridge, is an example of a "coup de main" operation, and is sometimes referred to as Operation Coup de Main though the actual code name for the British airborne attack was Operation Deadstick. In contemporary English slang the term could be translated as sucker punch.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. 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 Nautical Terms

  1. coup de main

    A sudden and vigorous attack.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. coup de main

    A sudden and vigorous attack, for the purpose of instantaneously capturing a position.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coup de main in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coup de main in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of coup de main in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    a hand, a look and a nice pan. (coup de main, coup d'oeil et belle casserole.)”

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