piece de resistance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piece de resistance the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection
    • n piece de resistance the most important dish of a meal
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Piece de resistance principal piece: chief event or performance: chief dish at a dinner
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. piece—Low L. petium, a piece of land—prob. L. pes, pedis, a foot.

Usage

In literature:

Pressed veal is our cook's idea of an acceptable PIECE DE RESISTANCE for a dinner party.
"Dear Enemy" by Jean Webster
One hand went into his coat pocket, extracting an apple that was to have formed the piece de resistance of his noonday lunch.
"Buttered Side Down" by Edna Ferber
Doctor's delicacies but the piece de resistance was undoubtedly the big platter of sea trout.
"Anne's House of Dreams" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Your gift shall be the piece de resistance.
"The Zeppelin's Passenger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
One becomes sated with an interminable piece de resistance of full dress.
"Gala-days" by Gail Hamilton
The piece de resistance of the dinner was, in this instance, to be a mackerel.
"Shavings" by Joseph C. Lincoln
To quoits was added the inducement of an excellent repast of which roast pig was the piece de resistance.
"John Marshall and the Constitution" by Edward S. Corwin
This is going to be my piece de resistance, my grand stunt.
"Fennel and Rue" by William Dean Howells
On such occasions, the following hoax formed Mr. Verdant Green's ~piece de resistance~.
"The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, Vols. I to III" by Cuthbert Bede
From such localities the elusive piece de resistance was often rescued.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Each family is an authority in itself as to the choice of the piece de resistance.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
And I am just beginning Don Quixote once more for my 'piece de Resistance,' not being so familiar with the First Part as the Second.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald to Fanny Kemble (1871-1883)" by Edward FitzGerald
It makes a very pretty dish and is an excellent piece de resistance for dinner or luncheon.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
This quartet usually is sung as the piece de resistance of the opera, and is supposed to be the great event of the performance.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
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In news:

For Wegerle, Now Comes the Piece de Resistance .
But last night, last night was their piece de resistance.
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