This phrase means "blow of mercy" in french, and is used to describe the deathblow intended to end the suffering of a mortally wounded victim.

It can also be used figuratively to refer to a finishing touch of any sort.

While the correct pronunciation is similar to "coo de grahce". It (in english) is usually pronounced as "coo de gra"...with the final "s" sound being left out.
The elven hero, upon seeing his former nemesis struggling for breath, performed a quick coup de grace, ending its suffering.

George had never had much luck with these matters, and
after all that'd happened, losing his wallet was the coup de grace that spurred him to tears.
by LoSeR June 19, 2006
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To achieve complete, argumental dominance in it's most pure form. Once a coup de grace is tactfully executed, the executing individual terminates/wins said argument. If performed... No can defense.

Any of the following may be used:

It's science...
Except when it's not...
Well.. Not on this earth. Respectively.

NOTE: Coup de graces may not be utilized in tandum and/or against one another in the same argument.
Dave: Not all fruits have seeds..
Nakama: Yes they do.
Dave: No they don't.
Nakama: Yes they do.. It's science.

Argument terminated.

NOTE: Nakama wins argument via sweet delivery of a coup de grace.
by Hebis Dominus Maximus April 15, 2008
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Basically, when a bad situation comes to a head, with disastrous results.
I knew something was wrong when I started talking to him.
The coup de fuckin grace was when he told me he was married.
by Flyfacee October 15, 2009
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