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 Coup de Soleil (French).Coup Manqué (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Coup de Théâtre.
An unforeseen or unexpected turn in a drama to produce a sensational effect. In ordinary life, something planned for effect. Burke and his dagger was meant for a coup de théâtre, but it was turned into farce by a little ready wit. (See DAGGER-SCENE.)   1

 Coup de Soleil (French).Coup Manqué (A). 


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