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 Coup [coo].Coup de Grâce. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Coup d’Etat (French)
means a state stroke, and the term is applied to one of those bold measures taken by Government to prevent a supposed or actual danger, as when a large body of men are arrested suddenly for fear they should overturn the Government.   1
   The famous coup d’état, by which Louis Napoleon became possessed of absolute power, took place on December 2nd, 1851.   2

 Coup [coo].Coup de Grâce. 


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