What is the meaning of ‘tour de force’?

This is an expression that comes from French, and is mainly used to show emphasis. When you call someone’s speech or performance a ‘tour de force’, what you mean is that it was outstanding; it was very well done. It is something that is unlikely to be equalled by others.

Example: The ageing actor’s performance as the drunken father is a tour de force.

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – July 09, 2007

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