tour de force

[ too r duh fawrs, -fohrs; French toor duh fawrs ]SEE DEFINITION OF tour de force
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Let who will decide which tour de force was the more difficult.

He had, however, added something to his score by a Hooverian tour de force.

This, however, is a tour de force, and not quoted as worthy of imitation.

His face is a tour de force—that of a rare critic, as all healthy babies are.

This was a master stroke—a tour de force—a knock-out—anything you will.

None of the other Dulcines have been able to achieve this tour de force of the creatrix.

“I thought that,” he said, “a bit of a tour de force,” and surely he was right there.

And so justice is saved if only by a tour de force of the imagination.

The Cathedrals are even more of a tour de force of his talent.

But it was a foreign idiom to him, and his occasional use of it a tour de force.

WORD ORIGIN

1802, French, "feat of strength."

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