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coup de grace
as in:  delivered the coup de grace


Mercifully, he delivered the coup de grace.
  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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The term "coup de grace" indicates a merciful death blow.

Coup has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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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.
  • To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.
    Pablo Picasso
  • Unfortunately, I never did see wolves catch pike; but, having heard how they did it from Ootek, I tried it myself with considerable success, imitating the reported actions of the wolves in all respects, except that I used a short spear, instead of my teeth, with which to administer the coup de grace.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • "Are you sitting?" he asked, as if he were about to deliver the coup de grace.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Ford leaped in with the coup de grace: "Into whatever it was the poem was about!" he yelled.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Soon the LEP would have no option but to launch their bio-bomb, and that was when Artemis Fowl would unveil his coup de grace.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Finally, the coup de grace: a jaunty "apple cap," a pinwheel of black leather with a tiny stem in the center.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • "Aw, go———yourself," came the inevitable coup de grace from the smallest boy.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Everybody was waiting for the coup de grace, like the people at a Roman amphitheatre or at a Spanish bull-fight, and everybody was sure that Lancelot would give it.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King

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  • And then the coup de grace.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • "Well, it must be a very special form of cholera," he said, "because every single corpse has received the coup de grace through the back of the neck."
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He went down, and his own hunting companions, shouting encouragement at the dogs, arrived in time to deliver the coup de grace.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • If only it would get on towards the shooting, the boy thought: the shooting never failed to excite him, and he always waited anxiously for the coup de grace.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • To his dear parents he never made return for all their care, but had his life cut short when Aias’ shaft unmanned him …. \ To this compact and shapely life story, which flashes out between Aias’ first strike and the coup de grace, Homer adds an evocative simile: A poplar growing in bottom lands, in a great meadow, smooth-trunked’, high up to its sheath of boughs, will fall before the chariot-builder’s ax of shining iron—timber that he marked for warping into chariot tire rims— and,…
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The favourable light in which this new thought showed itself by contrast with his foregone intentions cheered Jude, as he sat there, shabby and lonely; and it may be said to have given, during the next few days, the coup de grace to his intellectual career—a career which had extended over the greater part of a dozen years.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • (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.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • He lifted Pig’s head off the floor by cruelly grabbing a knot of Pig’s hair and was about to land a punch that easily could have broken Pig’s jaw He was about to land the final coup de grace when a slim, frantic figure sprinted across the ring and wrapped himself around Otto’s neck and back.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Its use was to give the coup de grace, the final blow, to the foe who would not surrender.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The children had to be whisked out of the way so they would not see the horrendous spectacle of the gardener hosing the dogs down with freezing water until, many gallons and kicks and other indignities later, Barrabas became unstuck from his beloved, leaving her to die in the courtyard of the house, where Severo was obliged to finish her off with a coup de grace.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Your most humble and obedient servant, A. H. Bledsoe …." Sure, that’s the way it was, I thought, a short, concise verbal coup de grace, straight to the nape of the neck.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Yet on two of these occasions someone realized that he and his presumptive male companion did not go to the bar but to a room, and the already tarnished reputation of Florentino Ariza received the coup de grace.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Epilogue — COUP DE GRACE
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The coup de grace.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • She knew it was, because she had seen the white lumps in the mouths of the sweltering corpses, but she noted that none of them had the coup de grace in the back of the neck as they had at the time of the balloon.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • In order to add even greater poignancy to their memories, she had brought her copy of the portrait of them dressed as old-fashioned ladies, taken by the Belgian photographer on the afternoon that a young Juvenal Urbino had delivered the coup de grace to a willful Fermina Daza.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
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