Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sudden action undertaken to surprise an enemy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a sudden and unexpected movement or attack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an attack without warning

Etymologies

French : coup, stroke, blow + de, of + main, hand.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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