Tour de force

  1. an exceptional achievement by an artist, author, or the like, that is unlikely to be equaled by that person or anyone else; stroke of genius: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was a tour de force
  2. a particularly adroit maneuver or technique in handling a difficult situation: The way the president got his bill through the Senate was a tour de force.
  3. a feat requiring unusual strength, skill, or ingenuity.

[Origin: 1795–1805; < F: feat of strength or skill]

FROM: Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

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