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  • I even have a non-canon “what if” if the Venezuelans had not surrendered and we have been force to do a “coup-de-main” at Gitmo.

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  • Now the British Lion found that the town of St. Malo — which he had proposed to swallow at a single mouthful — was guarded by an army of French, which the Governor of Brittany had brought to the succour of his good town, and the meditated coup-de-main being thus impossible, our leaders marched for their ships again, which lay duly awaiting our warriors in the Bay of St. Cas.

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  • Marius took it by a coup-de-main, and put all the inhabitants to the sword.

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  • Fez, for it is not a strong military possession; on the contrary, it is commanded by accessible heights and is exposed to a coup-de-main.

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  • An attempt to storm the city by a coup-de-main on May 31 failed, and by June 3, Mantua was fully besieged by Sérurier and Augereau assisted by Dallemagne, Lannes and General Kilmaine of the cavalry.

    THE CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON

  • An attempt to storm the city by a coup-de-main on May 31 failed, and by June 3, Mantua was fully besieged by Sérurier and Augereau assisted by Dallemagne, Lannes and General Kilmaine of the cavalry.

    THE CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON

  • Fifteen days after, the army besieged Furnes; and Boutteville commanded the colonel of a regiment to find a man steady and intrepid for a coup-de-main, which he wanted, promising a hundred pistoles as a reward.

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  • These were the reserves, consisting of the Old and Young Guards, and amounting to twelve thousand -- the _élite_ of the French army -- reserved by the Emperor for a great _coup-de-main_.

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  • -- Ghuznee was taken this morning by a coup-de-main, the whole affair was over in half an hour from the time the gate was blown open; there was, however, a good deal of firing afterwards, and some of the inhabitants even held out throughout the day, and caused almost as much loss as that which occurred in the storm.

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  • As the avenue was the only approach accessible to cavalry, and as this was the force which would probably be used for a _coup-de-main_, if it were to be attempted at all, I set all hands to work to secure it.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844

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  • "fr. a hold action; a desperate attack on a fortified place, without any cover." (citation in list description)

    October 9, 2008

  • Also coup de main.

    October 10, 2008