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coup
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Franny and Zooey
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as in: delivered the coup de grace Define
deathblow (literally a sword strike that mercifully kills a wounded animal, or metaphorically as the last in a series of things that defeated an opponent, idea, business or other entity.)
  • (Her married daughter, Boo Boo, had intimated that it might have to be given a coup de grace with a blunt instrument before it was laid away in a wastebasket.) However Oriental the wrapper had originally been designed to look, it didn’t detract an iota from the single, impactful impression that Mrs. Glass, chez elle, made on a certain type of observer.

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  • Mercifully, he delivered the coup de grace.
  • His 3-point shot with 5 seconds left in the game was the coup de grace.

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  • Mr. Glass’s perhaps most inspired coup as a decorator was manifest just behind and above the couch where young Franny Glass was now sleeping.

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as in: deposed in the coup Define
the sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force
as in: a financial coup Define
a brilliant and notable success
as in: delivered the coup de grace Define
deathblow (literally a sword strike that mercifully kills a wounded animal, or metaphorically as the last in a series of things that defeated an opponent, idea, business or other entity.)
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