force de frappe

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French, literally 'striking force'.

Noun[edit]

force de frappe (uncountable)

  1. The French nuclear deterrence force developed by Charles de Gaulle.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fɔʁ.s(ə) də fʁap/

Noun[edit]

force de frappe f (countable and uncountable, plural forces de frappe)

  1. (countable, military) strike force
  2. (uncountable) force de frappe

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