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tour de force
(French)


The leading articles in The Times were written in it, but this was a tour de force which could only be carried out by a specialist.
George Orwell  --  1984
  a masterly or brilliant feat
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  • The leading articles in The Times were written in it, but this was a tour de force which could only be carried out by a specialist.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The research Peter had saved was a scientific tour de force—a massive collection of experiments that proved human thought was a real and measurable force in the world.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Both tasks he performed expertly and well, a noteworthy tour de force for a young commander.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • What began as a comic-serious homage to the ghost of John Keats became my last reason for existence, an epic tour de force in an age of mediocre farce.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion

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  • As with Farinelli’s singing before the princesses, Sheridan’s renowned Begum Speech, and other such examples, the fortunate condition of its being for ever lost to the world invested the deceased Mr. Yeobright’s tour de force on that memorable afternoon with a cumulative glory which comparative criticism, had that been possible, might considerably have shorn down.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
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Associated words [difficulty]:   tour de force [9] , chateau [4] , in lieu [4] , déjà vu [5] , faux pas [7] , détente [8] , laissez-faire [8] , vis-à-vis [8]
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