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coup de grâce

noun [S] uk   /ˌkuː.dəˈɡrɑːs/ formal us  
an action that ends something that has been gradually getting worse, or that kills a person or animal in order to end their suffering: Jane's affair was the coup de grâce to her disintegrating marriage.
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