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coup de grâce

An action or event that brings a swift end to suffering or a worsening situation. The phrase is French for "blow of mercy. The samurai delivered a merciful coup de grâce to his mortally wounded enemy. The large class action lawsuit was the coup de grâce that caused the failing company to finally go out of business.
See also: coup, DE, grace

a coup de grâce

an action or event which ends or destroys something that is gradually becoming worse Jane's affair delivered the coup de grâce to her failing marriage.
See also: coup, DE, grace

count coup

Among certain Native American peoples, to ceremoniously recount one's exploits in battle.
See also: count, coup
References in classic literature ?
After this coup d'etat the Right began to work in silence, but the Left discoursed at length.
I could feel myself growing weaker and weaker, until at length objects commenced to blur before my eyes and I staggered and blundered about more asleep than awake, and then it was that he worked his pretty little coup that came near to losing me my life.
Could it be the champion himself who had received the coup de grace in his cups?
a coup d'etat, and surrounded by applauding armies, welcomed by the thunders of cannon, he mounts a throne and waves before an astounded world the sceptre of a mighty empire
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.
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.
I did manage to make poor men of a few brokers in New York, but my best coup went wrong.
The fishermen, however, coup or coop, must have called it a Waterloo, for it was the severest stroke ever dealt them by the fish patrol, while they had invited it by open and impudent defiance of the law.
My mother says your mother's coup, is n't half so stylish as ours," put in Alice.
This frolic put every one in such spirits, that Polly forgot her trouble, and the little girls kissed each other good-night as affectionately as if such things as imported frocks, coup,s, and rival brothers did n't exist "Well, Polly, do you like parties?
It will be in the nature of a diplomatic coup," he said presently.
The coup d'oeil of the Brussels opera-house did not strike Mrs.
I've never brought off a really big coup yet; when I do I shall chuck it up.
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.
In Ankara, foreign diplomats don't talk about possible coups.