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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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And well it was for Norman of Torn that this brave girl was there that day, for even as she reached his side the sword point of one of the soldiers was at his throat for the coup de grace.
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?
The coup de grace to this nexus was delivered during the French Revolution.
Ce dernier sera de nouveau mis a l'epreuve 3 minutes de la fin du temps reglementaire de la rencontre, toujours sur coup franc lance directement vers la tete du capitaine Bennoun qui a assene le coup de grace aux [beaucoup moins que]Rouge et Blanc[beaucoup plus grand que].
Finn Balor continued to own the number of Bray Wyatt, defeating him with the Coup de Grace.
Commission of Inquiry on Syria is the coup de grace for the Security Council's failings.
Given their disastrous record in government it beggars belief that Theresa May seems poised to sweep to victory, under our 'first past the post' system, in order to deliver the coup de grace to our economy with a costly divorce from our most important trading partners.
S'exprimant sur la radio Shems FM, l'ex-ministre du Commerce Mohsen Hassan a indique que le president de l'UPL, Slim Riahi, "a donne le coup de grace a son parcours politique" lorsqu'il a decide de quitter le gouvernement quand sa demande d'etre designe ministre a ete refusee.
Scotland were pinned back through the booming boot of Dyddgu Hywel, and then came the coup de grace via replacement centre Charlie Murray, who was on the end of some terrific play by blindside Alisha Butchers for Wales' third and final try.
On how the parliament dealt with issues of corruption, most recently the Defense ministry's file, al-Sadr said, "the only affected is the Iraqi people and will be the coup de grace if people did not wake up from their sleep.