coup de theatre

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coup de theatre a highly successful theatrical production
    • n coup de theatre a sensational bit of stagecraft
    • n coup de theatre a dramatic surprise
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Coup de theatre a sudden and sensational turn in a piece: Coup d'œil, a general view of a scene or subject taken in at a glance
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—colaphos, a blow.

Usage

In literature:

It is a tragicomic drama in three acts, each winding up with a coup de theatre, always the same and always foreseen.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
The coup de theatre had not come off.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
Do you see the 'coup de theatre'?
"Conscience, Complete" by Hector Malot
He is afraid of some coup de theatre.
"A Fascinating Traitor" by Richard Henry Savage
That surprise was due to the sly craft of Ambroise, who merrily explained how he had prepared it like a masterly coup de theatre.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
Was it really true that Marianne was sufficiently audacious to have brought about this coup de theatre?
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
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