coup de force

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coup de force (plural coups de force)

  1. A sudden, violent act.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 46:
      On 26 August 1718, in a remarkable coup de force, Orléans crushed the political audacity and embryonic constitutional pretensions of the Parlement.