Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any position giving the enemy such advantage that the troops occupying it must either surrender or be cut to pieces.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any position giving the enemy such advantage that the troops occupying it must either surrender or be cut to pieces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cutthroat.
  • n. Milit., a position affording an enemy so many advantages that the troops who occupy it must either surrender or be cut to pieces.

Etymologies

French, literally "cut-throat". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “why, this is worse than a coupe-gorge house, where they receive travellers to plunder them of their property.”

    The Bride of Lammermoor

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