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Coup de grace   /ku di greɪs/   Listen
Coup de grace

noun
1.
The blow that kills (usually mercifully).  Synonym: deathblow.






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"Coup de grace" Quotes from Famous Books



... on account of the neglect with which they had been treated, but received the young couple as if one had given her away, and the other "had pulled off her glove," as young ladies now express it, in deference to the act that generally gives the coup de grace to youthful female friendships. On the Openings, neither time nor breath is wasted in useless compliments; and all was held to be well done on this occasion, because it was done legally. A question might have ...
— Oak Openings • James Fenimore Cooper

... the young man had brought with him, concealed under his clothes, one of those poignards formerly used to give the "coup de grace" in a duel when the vanquished adversary begged the victor to despatch him. This horrible weapon had on one side a blade sharpened like a razor, and on the other a blade that was toothed like a saw, but toothed in the reverse direction from that ...
— Maitre Cornelius • Honore de Balzac



Words linked to "Coup de grace" :   killing, kill, deathblow, putting to death



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