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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COUP DE GRACE

He had bowed his head and waited sullenly for the coup de grace.

Nay,” replied Alexander, “it was you that gave him his coup de grace.

Most probably he died of apoplexy, the tobacco giving him the coup de grace.

The way for the coup de grace had to be cleared by strategy and dissimulation.

It was the middle of a wet June, and the season received its coup de grace.

But "Jane Eyre" gave her, for the moment, the coup de grace.

How was I going to secure my victim before giving the coup de grace?

The exposure was a coup de grace to the system of Mr. Perkins.

Give him the coup de grace at once, for his own sake as well as for ours.

Nor had the belief in the royalty of cotton received its coup de grace.

WORD ORIGIN

1690s, from French coup de grâce, literally "stroke of grace;" the merciful death-blow that ends another's suffering (see coup).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR COUP DE GRACE

blow of mercy

nounmortal blow
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