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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coup de grace - the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
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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.
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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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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. It took us with such a fury, that it overset the boat at once; and separating us as well from the boat as from one another, gave us no time to say, "O God!" for we were all swallowed up in a moment.
Could it be the champion himself who had received the coup de grace in his cups?
However, as the seeds tumbled out of this year's competition early, I suddenly realised I was missing one regular element - Phil Taylor's pre-match interviews: "Yes, this will be a tough old match" before he duly delivered the normal coup de grace in straight sets.
Cette audace populaire, qui a galvanise les moudjahidine des maquis, a egalement porte le coup de grace a la pretention du gouvernement francais de parvenir a pacifier le pays.
A brace apiece from the Jones brothers Garvan and Conall kept Derrygonnelly within striking distance but Scotstown kept their noses in front and applied the coup de grace in a frantic finale.
Instead of being tempted to cram the set with tracks from his as yet unreleased Coup de Grace, Kane played further hits from his earlier catalogue, before launching into new single, Loaded.
The 30-year-old Team Lakay stalwart continued to pummel Leone after the break and in the succeeding rounds, with the coup de grace being a spinning side kick that sent the American to the corner which led to the ground and pound strikes that ended the match at the 1:27 mark of the second round.
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].