tour de force


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tour de force

An exceptionally masterful performance or achievement, especially in the arts. The director's latest movie is a tour de force of filmmaking. The Olympic gymnast's final routine was a tour de force that earned her a gold medal.
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a tour de ˈforce

(from French) an extremely skilful performance or achievement: a literary/cinematic tour de force
This is a French phrase that means ‘an act of strength’.
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I was determined to finish route PRIMARY school teacher Lee Vernett completed the entire Tour De Force course two years ago and admits it was the challenge of a lifetime.
Michael Leather, front, and members of Leathers LLP who will be cycling the Tour de Force this summer for charity
The Tour de Force partners offer a new sales program which stresses one-on-one interaction in a setting away from the sales floor where our consultants can concentrate and fully understand the nuances of a new product," said Jason Topel, a buyer for Circuit City.
The tour de force is the very large living room that looks out over the evergreen garden, beach pool and sea through a huge, unglazed opening, made possible by the climate.
It will include such recent hits as Christi Stewart Brown's The Gene Pool, a comedy that portrays a lesbian couple and their 18-year-old son, who wants to find out who his sperm-donor father was, and The Chinese Art of Placement by San Francisco--based gay playwright Stanley Rutherford, a tour de force monologue by a nerdy ex-spy who imagines throwing a wine-and-cheese reception for his close personal friends and Tina Turner.
This book begins as an entertaining tour de force of probable and possible futures, with a focus on surprising developments, the future we do not expect.
Dead Space 3 also introduces a co-op mode and visually the series remains a tour de force of creepy sci-fi imagination.
1 BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (ANG LEE) A cowboy movie with a twist, Lee's tour de force is even better than the short story it's based on, Queer cinema has finally grown up and become a truly mainstream affair.
Only Jone San Martin, in a tour de force performance that makes passivity into a compelling focus, remains seated, staring blankly forward.
Gypsy,'' the glorious tour de force of Merman's later years, gave the star a chance to show off her acting chops as the fire-breathing Mama Rose.
The tour de force of this book is thus its central chapter describing "the people of Spanish Rome" and based largely upon the wills of Spanish subjects and clients from a variety of metiers and social strata.
By incorporating so many simple valves into microfluidic chips, the Caltech team has achieved "a tour de force," he says.
The Lowry Centre in Salford, a massive engineering tour de force on the banks of the Manchester Ship Cana by Michael Wilford & Partners, contains two theatres, two galleries, conference facilities, and rehearsal, catering and administrative areas, all on a triangular site.
As a result, Swoosie Kurtz's turn as Myra/Myrna isn't the tour de force you know this dazzling comedian could deliver.