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Coup Manque

(A). A false stroke.

“Shoot dead, or don't aim at all; but never make a coup manque.” - Ouida: Under Two Flags, chap. xx.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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