coup de thé•â•tre
Pronunciation: (kOOdu tā-ä'tru), [key]
—pl. coups de thé•â•trePronunciation: (kOOdu tā-ä'tru). [key] 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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