E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
in fencing, is a thrust over the arm. (Italian.)
If your enemie bee cunning and skilfull, never stand about giving any foine or imbrocata, but this thrust or stoccata alone, neither it also [never attempt] unlesse you be sure to hit him.Saviolo: Practise of the Daello (1595).