noun (plural coups de théâtre pronounced same)
1A dramatically sudden action or turn of events, especially in a play.
- But Fancioulle's giving of life to a timeless work of art actually prepares the eventual entrance of death onto the stage in a dramatic coup de théâtre.
- There is a final coup de théâtre that strikes me as needlessly flashy.
- Dramatically, visually and ideologically, it was a triumph, a daring coup de théâtre that implicitly relocated the largely white audience within the on-stage struggle of the dignified West Indians.
French, literally 'blow of theatre'.
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