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A concealed or surprise attack; a thrust which is believed to be difficult or impossible to parry.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Musical World. From French botte secrète from botte + secrète, feminine of secret, after Italian botta segreta.
botte secrète/bɒt səˈkrɛt/
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