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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
coup de main
[* the last syllable is nasal]
MEANING:noun: A surprise attack or sudden action.
ETYMOLOGY:From French, literally "blow of the hand" (as opposed to from the artillery). Earliest documented use: 1759.
USAGE:"This astonishing coup de main had results which were decisive on the development of the first day's fighting."
Major John Howard: Obituary; The Times (London, UK); May 7, 1999.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever. -Leon Trotsky, revolutionary and writer (1879-1940)