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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.
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A couple of weeks ago Compaq's Windows NT on Alpha fantasy was abandoned in a similar coup de grace.
But the coup de grace was a private letter from the World Bank--leaked to the local media--that was critical of the project.
The coup de grace, said Patrick Young, vice president of merchandising, is the "boutiquey" handpainted accent furniture that will be in stores and promoted in ads beginning in September.
But before delivering that coup de grace, consider this: being constructive, not destructive, may create a whole new boss for the liking.
The coup de grace came on her last day of shooting.
If not a coup de grace, it would be a real body blow if the Yankees were to leave.
Among Yourcenar's other works are the short stories collected in Nouvelles orientales (1938; Oriental Tales), the prose poem Feux (1936; Fires), and the short novel Le Coup de grace (1939).
Eager to apply the coup de grace to the free-market position, Fallows adds a new twist to the old arguments.
That was the coup de grace to my lingering Christianity; I knew I would never be a Christian again.
Silber, whose mouth is as big and as dirty as Boston Harbor, had remarked invidiously upon all kinds of vulnerable communities, but he seemed to have delivered his own coup de grace when he said he wouldn't take his campaign to the black neighborhood of Roxbury: "There is no point in my making a speech on crime control to a group of drug addicts.
Hibben doubts that acid rain is setting up the trees for a coup de grace administered by the fungus.
Yourcenar is known for her historical novels, particularly Le Coup de grace (1939; translated as Coup de Grace, 1957), the story of a Prussian officer who murders the woman who loves him because he loves her brother, and Memoires d ' Hadrien (1951; translated as Memoirs of Hadrian, 1954).
As coup de grace, the Gal Gadot page on Facebook likewise posted the video of Paolo's makeover.
Dans une declaration ce lundi 18 avril a Africanmanager, Mourad Hattab, expert en risques financiers a indique que l'adoption de l'accord de libre-echange complet et approfondi (ALECA) entre l'UE et la Tunisie et dont les negociations sont bloquees au niveau du Maroc represente un veritable coup fatal pour l'economie tunisienne pour ne pas dire le 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.