coup de thé·â·tre (k′ də tā-ätrə)
n. pl. coups de théâtre (k′)
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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