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coup de théâtre

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  • n. A sudden or unexpected event in a play, pulled off by the author, the director, or even an actor.
  • n. A theatrical trick or gesture, something staged for dramatic effect.

Etymologies

From French: coup de théâtre (Wiktionary)

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  • 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. (from WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008