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coup de théâtre

[kooduh tey-ah-truh] /kudə teɪˈɑ trə/
noun, plural coups de théâtre
[kooduh tey-ah-truh] /kudə teɪˈɑ trə/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a surprising or unexpected turn of events in a play.
2.
a sensational and unexpected turn in the plot of a drama.
3.
any theatrical trick intended to have a sensational effect.
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British Dictionary definitions for coup de théâtre

coup de théâtre

/ku də teɑtrə/
noun (pl) coups de théâtre (ku də teɑtrə)
1.
a dramatic turn of events, esp in a play
2.
a sensational device of stagecraft
3.
a stage success
Word Origin
literally: stroke of the theatre
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