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[es-tuh-kah-duh; Spanish es-taw-kah-th ah]
  1. the thrust of the sword by the matador into the bull in the final stage of a bullfight, designed to kill the bull.
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Origin of estocada

1570–80; < Spanish < Middle French estoqu(ier) to give sword thrusts (see estoc) + Spanish -ada -ade1
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Historical Examples

  • They feel the wildness of anger, and they charge and charge again until the estocada, the death stab.

    Spanish Highways and Byways

    Katharine Lee Bates