Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fencing, the combination of a sharp, rattling parry and a riposte, in contradistinction to a riposte delivered from a position of quiet touch with an opponent's blade; also, contre-ripostes, a set of attacks and parries rapidly following one another between two fencers of very equal skill, prolonged without a point to the credit of either. The tac-au-tac in the latter sense is practised by masters to give pupils quickness of eye and suppleness of wrist, and to accustom them to close play.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Fencing) The parry which is connected with a riposte; also, a series of quick attacks and parries in which neither fencer gains a point.
“The retort was in the nature of the tac-au-tac riposte beloved of the skilled swordsman.”
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