piece de resistance

[ pyes duh rey-zee-stahns; English pee-es duh ri-zee-stahns ]SEE DEFINITION OF piece de resistance
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The piece de resistance of the dinner was, in this instance, to be a mackerel.

It appeared to be the 'piece de resistance' in the minds of the children.

To quoits was added the inducement of an excellent repast of which roast pig was the piece de resistance.

On such occasions, the following hoax formed Mr. Verdant Green's piece de resistance.

Soup is served, and then fish, and then comes the joint, which is the piece de resistance of the day.

Literally ‘pot luck,’ I mean, for the piece de resistance will be two huge pots of baked beans.

Black serge, grey tweed, violet ninon; two evening frocks, and the one white satin which was the piece de resistance of the whole.

A pretentious mirror in a tarnished gilt frame was the piece de resistance.

We brought out a boiled ham, that was generally our piece de resistance, and made a royal meal.

That means you'll please get the wood while I clean the 'piece de resistance' of our dinner.

WORD ORIGIN

1831, from French pièce de résistance, originally "the most substantial dish in a meal." Lit. "piece of resistance;" there seems to be disagreement as to the exact signification.

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