Definition of tac-au-tac in English:

tac-au-tac

Line breaks: tac-au-tac
Pronunciation: /ˈtakəʊˌtak
 
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noun

Fencing
  • A parry combined with a riposte.
    More example sentences
    • To disarm an adversary counts for nothing, but a tac-au-tac riposte against a disarmed adversary is good.
    • The retort was in the nature of the tac-au-tac riposte beloved of the skilled swordsman.

Origin

early 20th century: French, literally 'clash for clash', from imitative tac.

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