Definition of tac-au-tac in English:

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tac-au-tac

Pronunciation: /ˈtakəʊˌtak/

noun

Fencing
A parry combined with a riposte.
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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