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English definition of “coup de théâtre”

coup de théâtre

noun [C]     /ˌkuː.də.teɪˈɑː.trə/ (plural coups de théâtre /ˌkuː.də.teɪˈɑː.trə / )
a sudden and surprising event, especially in a play: There's a brilliant coup de théâtre at the end of the play.Foreign words and phrases used in EnglishParts of plays, shows and films
(Definition of coup de théâtre noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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