Its use was to give the coup de grace, the final blow, to the foe who would not surrender.
It was the middle of a wet June, and the season received its coup de grace.
Here was an instrument with which surely the coup de grace could be given to the dying State.
But "Jane Eyre" gave her, for the moment, the coup de grace.
The way for the coup de grace had to be cleared by strategy and dissimulation.
How was I going to secure my victim before giving the coup de grace?
So you admit that you administered his coup de grace to the late lamented Sergeant Simpkins?
The exposure was a coup de grace to the system of Mr. Perkins.
Nearby, a relative or close friend stood with a sharp sword, to administer the coup de grace by decapitation.
Give him the coup de grace at once, for his own sake as well as for ours.
The final blow: “He had been getting deeper and deeper in debt; the fates delivered the coup de grâce when he died.” The phrase is French for “stroke of mercy.” It originally referred to the merciful stroke that put a fatally wounded person out of his misery or to the shot delivered to the head of a prisoner after he had faced a firing squad.