coup de theatre

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coup de thé·â·tre

 (ko͞o′ də tā-ä′trə)
n. pl. coups de théâtre (ko͞o′)
1. A sudden dramatic turn of events in a play.
2. An unexpected and sensational event, especially one that reverses or negates a prevailing situation.

[French : coup, stroke + de, of + théâtre, theater.]
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coup de théâtre

(ku də teɑtrə)
n, pl coups de théâtre (ku də teɑtrə)
1. (Theatre) a dramatic turn of events, esp in a play
2. (Theatre) a sensational device of stagecraft
3. (Theatre) a stage success
[literally: stroke of the theatre]
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coup de thé•â•tre

(kudə teɪˈɑ trə)

n., pl. coups de thé•â•tre (kudə teɪˈɑ trə)
1. a surprising or sensational turn of events in a play.
2. any theatrical trick intended to have a sensational effect.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coup de theatre - a dramatic surprise
surprise - a sudden unexpected event
2.coup de theatre - a sensational bit of stagecraft
stagecraft - skill in writing or staging plays
production - a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television; "have you seen the new production of Hamlet?"
3.coup de theatre - a highly successful theatrical production
staging, theatrical production - the production of a drama on the stage
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