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grand coup

noun, Bridge, Whist.
the trumping of a trick that could have been taken by the winner's partner.
Origin of grand coup
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You expected to make the small pick-ups and then land the grand coup.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • This done, D'Argenton decided that it was time to make a grand coup.

    Jack Alphonse Daudet
  • His plans were already formed for a grand coup, to raise money.

    John Brown, Soldier of Fortune Hill Peebles Wilson
  • Knowles was playing his grand coup, and necessarily had to risk something.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • But this made her very uneasy, and she had recourse to her grand coup.

  • Matters went on in this way until it was time for the grand coup.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
  • When he presented our little bill a grand coup was expected, but the trans-atlantic turtle seems to have shut him up.

  • I hope you are going on with your grand coup—pray do—or that damned Lucien Buonaparte will beat us all.

  • About the middle of May, Marcia Grandon makes her grand coup de grace.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • She means to take advantage of you, and bring forward her girl, and make a grand coup.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant

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