coup de grâce
or coup de grace noun (plural coups de grâce or coups de grace) Etymology: French coup de grâce, literally, stroke of mercy Date: 1699 1. a deathblow or death shot administered to end the suffering of one mortally wounded 2. a decisive finishing blow, act, or event

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  • Coup de grace — Coup Coup (k[=oo]), n. [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr. ko lafos.] 1. A sudden stroke delivered with promptness and force; used also in various ways to convey the idea of an unexpected, clever, and successful tactic or stratagem. [1913 Webster… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coup de grace — coup de grâce index dispatch (put to death) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 coup de grace …   Law dictionary

  • Coup de grâce — ● Coup de grâce le dernier coup donné à un être vivant pour abréger ses souffrances ou pour l achever ; le coup qui perd ou confond définitivement quelqu un ou quelque chose …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Coup de Grâce — est un album de Mink DeVille sorti en 1981 chez Atlantic Records Liste des titres Just give me one good reason (Willy DeVille) Help me make it (E. Hnton) Maybe tomorrow (Willy DeVille) Teardrops must fall (Willy DeVille) You better Move on (A.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Coup de Grâce — A coup de grâce is a finishing blow. Coup de Grâce may also refer to: Coup de Grâce (1969 film), an Argentine comedy Coup de Grâce (1976 film), a film by Volker Schlöndorff Coup de Grace (CSI), an episode of the TV series CSI: Crime Scene… …   Wikipedia

  • Coup de grâce — For other uses, see Coup de Grâce (disambiguation). The expression coup de grâce (  /ˌkuː …   Wikipedia

  • coup de grace — noun see coup de grâce …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coup de grâce — /koohdeu grddahs /, pl. coups de grâce /koohdeu grddahs /. French. 1. a death blow, esp. one delivered mercifully to end suffering. 2. any finishing or decisive stroke. [lit., blow of mercy] * * * …   Universalium

  • coup de grâce — noun /ku də ɡrɑs,ku də ɡrɑː/ A final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person or animal …   Wiktionary

  • Coup de Grâce (Mink DeVille album) — Coup de Grâce Studio album by Mink DeVille Released October 1981 …   Wikipedia

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