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