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coup de grâce

 (ko͞o′ də gräs′)
n. pl. coups de grâce (ko͞o′)
1. A deathblow delivered to end the misery of a mortally wounded victim.
2. A finishing stroke or decisive event.

[French : coup, stroke + de, of + grâce, mercy.]

coup de grâce

(ku də ɡrɑs)
n, pl coups de grâce (ku də ɡrɑs)
1. a mortal or finishing blow, esp one delivered as an act of mercy to a sufferer
2. a final or decisive stroke
[literally: blow of mercy]

coup de grâce

(ˌku də ˈgrɑs)

n., pl. coups de grâce (ku)
1. a death blow, esp. one delivered mercifully to end suffering.
2. any finishing or decisive stroke.
[1695–1705; < French: literally, blow of mercy]

coup de grâce

A French phrase meaning blow of mercy, that is, a final killing blow that puts a fatally wounded person out of his misery; used to mean the action or event that finally destroys or ends something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coup de grace - the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life

coup de grâce

(French)
noun final blow, clincher (informal) (slang), kill, knockout blow, mortal blow, quietus, deathblow, mercy stroke His affair administered the coup de grâce to their marriage.
Translations
GnadenschussGnadenstoß
tiro de gracia
armonisku
coup de grâce
dødsskuddnådeskudd

coup de grace

[ˌkuːdəˈgrɑːs] n (= death blow) → coup m de grâce
to deliver the coup de grace → donner le coup de grâce, porter le coup de grâce

coup de grace

[ˌkuːdəˈgrɑːs] n (frm) → colpo di grazia
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Time and again each scored a point and brought blood to his opponent's copper hide until both were red with gore; but neither seemed able to administer the coup de grace.
After we had rowed, or rather driven about a league and a half, as we reckoned it, a raging wave, mountain-like, came rolling astern of us, and plainly bade us expect the COUP DE GRACE.
Could it be the champion himself who had received the coup de grace in his cups?
He proceeded about his business very calmly and came back to deliver the coup de grace.
The Portuguese prospect scored a second-half hat-trick to haul Liverpool back from 3-0 down against last year's champions Middlesbrough before Jan Dhanda provided the coup de grace two minutes from time to complete a stunning 4-3 win.
He gave corners when there were none, refused them when they clearly should have been awarded, failed to spot more than a few blatant fouls on both sides and then the coup de grace - missing one of the clearest offsides you'll ever see at the Irish goal.
C'est l'explosion de joie dans les gradins ou les quelques supporters algeriens ayant fait le deplacements en Guinee-Equatoriale n'ont pas cesse de manifester leur joie d'autant que Slimani allait porter le coup de grace (83'), scellant definitivement la victoire des Verts.
Robyn Wilkins added three conversions and two penalties in an impressive kicking performance, fly half Elinor Snowshill adding the coup de grace with a drop goal.
en Margaret atcher delivered the coup de grace and her Chancellor Nigel Lawson sowed the seeds of revolution as the nation's wealth (what there is of it) is gradually concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people.
The Victorian state budget delivered a coup de grace in the decline of CenITex, as the government signalled its intention to outsource the agencies IT shared services functionality.
IT'S a standard cliche of unimaginative horror films that, just when a protagonist in a supporting role thinks he's overcome the peril he was facing and the creepy background music fades away, an unexpected assailant leaps into shot from nowhere and delivers a terminally surprising coup de grace.
However another Davies penalty nosed Hoppers further ahead on 65 minutes before he delivered the coup de grace with that bonus point-denying drop goal.